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[buhb] /bʌb/
noun, Slang.
(used as an often insolent term of address) brother; buddy.
Origin of bub
1830-40, Americanism; perhaps < German Bub, short for Bube boy Unabridged
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  • And to hail him as "bub" was, although Jim Young did not know it, the one way least likely to bring him back.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Addicks, observing the deep sobs, asked: "What's the matter with you, bub?"

    Frenzied Finance Thomas W. Lawson
  • bub leaped to the door with a Winchester—his eyes wild and his face white.

  • You see we're on our way to Shopton, an' my nephew, bub, he went along.

  • "You do look sick, bub," said Abner, struck by Herbert's pallid look.

    Helping Himself Horatio Alger
  • Don't you fret, bub, the cap'n'll be here for you some time to-night.

    The Portygee Joseph Crosby Lincoln
  • Was I going to speak to bub, when his father accused mine of stealing?

  • You see, bub, that story has gone the length of Mexico, and even over to Spain.

    The Treasure Trail Marah Ellis Ryan
  • bub at this instinctively drew nearer the string, his gaze on Charlie.

    The Cabin on the Prairie C. H. (Charles Henry) Pearson
  • No, don't you lose any hair, bub; I'll get even with Roaring Dick.

    Blazed Trail Stories Stewart Edward White
British Dictionary definitions for bub


(US, informal) fellow; youngster: used as a form of address
(Austral & NZ, slang)
  1. a baby
  2. bubs grade, the first grade of schooling; nursery school
Word Origin
C20: perhaps from German Bube boy
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Word Origin and History for bub

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for bub

bub 1


boob, tit (1960+)

bub 2


A man; fellow; brother; guy •Used in direct address, with a slightly insulting intent: Okay, bub, get the hell outta my way

[1830s+; fr bubba fr brother]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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