noun Slang.
(used as an often insolent term of address) brother; buddy.

1830–40, Americanism; perhaps < German Bub, short for Bube boy

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bub (bʌb)
1.  informal (US) fellow; youngster: used as a form of address
2.  slang (Austral), (NZ)
 a.  a baby
 b.  bubs grade the first grade of schooling; nursery school
[C20: perhaps from German Bube boy]

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familiar address for males, 1839, perhaps a variation of bud "a little boy" (1848), Amer.Eng. colloquial; perhaps from Ger. bube "boy," or from Eng. brother.
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