See also: búb and Bub

EnglishEdit

PronunciationEdit

  • (UK) IPA(key): /bʌb/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌb

Etymology 1Edit

Probably imitative of the sound of drinking.

NounEdit

bub (uncountable)

  1. (slang, historical) An alcoholic malt liquor, especially beer.
    • 1838, Samuel Morewood, A Philosophical and Statistical History of the Inventions and Customs of Ancient and Modern Nations in the Manufacture and Use of Inebriating Liquors, page 662,
      Bub is made from ground barley and strong worts, and sometimes from strong small worts from the coolers, properly blended and boiled with some hops, in the proportion of one pound to a barrel of worts.

Etymology 2Edit

Contraction of bubby.

NounEdit

bub (plural bubs)

  1. (slang) A woman's breast.
    • 1982, Lawrence Durrell, Constance, Penguin 2004 (Avignon Quintet), p. 631:
      ‘Mr. Blanford, I esteem that there is nothing more sublime in nature than a glimpse of an English lady's bubs.’

Etymology 3Edit

Either a corruption of brother, a modification of bud, or a borrowing from Pennsylvania German Bub or Southern German Bub (as was spoken in various communities in America before the early 20th century), ultimately thought to be derived from Proto-Germanic *bō- (close [male] relation) and thus cognate to English boy and babe.

NounEdit

bub (plural bubs)

  1. A term of familiar address; bubba; bubby.
    • 1857, T. B. Aldrich, What Jedd Pallfry found in the Coffin, The Knickerbocker, Volume 49, page 23,
      So he changed his brusque manner, and inquired, in a tone which was intended to be extremely conciliatory :
      ‘ What′s your name, bub ? ’
      ‘ The last one, Sir ? ’ asked bub, looking up.
    • 1857, Clara Augusta, Mrs. Peter Dame, George R. Graham, Graham′s Illustrated Magazine, Volume 50, page 398,
      Mrs. Peter filled her pocket with the cherries — “ Victoria and bub are so fond of them!” and we scrambled into the wagon.
  2. A young brother; a little boy; a familiar term of address for a small boy.

Etymology 4Edit

NounEdit

bub (plural bubs)

  1. (Australia, slang) A baby.

Etymology 5Edit

Shortened from bubble and bubbly.

NounEdit

bub (plural bubs)

  1. Abbreviation of bubble.
  2. (slang) champagne; bubbly.

VerbEdit

bub (third-person singular simple present bubs, present participle bubbing, simple past and past participle bubbed)

  1. (obsolete) To throw out in bubbles; to bubble.
    • 1563, Thomas Sackville, The Induction
      We passed on so far forth till we saw
      Rude Acheron, a loathsome lake to tell,
      That boils and bubs up swelth as black as hell

MeriamEdit

NounEdit

bub

  1. chest

PalauanEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Pre-Palauan *bubu, from Proto-Malayo-Polynesian *bubu, from Proto-Austronesian *bubu.

NounEdit

bub

  1. fish trap

VolapükEdit

PronunciationEdit

NounEdit

bub (nominative plural bubs)

  1. (male or female) bovine (animal), bull, cow

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