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hubba hubba

[huhb-uh huhb-uh] /ˈhʌb ə ˈhʌb ə/
noun, Slang.
1.
(an exclamation of admiration, approval, or enthusiasm, used especially by G.I.'s of World War II as a shout in appreciation of a pretty girl.)
Origin
1940-1945
1940-45, Americanism; origin uncertain; much speculation has been devoted to the original sense and origin of this expression; the foreign sources proposed (e.g., Arabic, Chinese, Spanish) are generally improbable and lack supporting evidence
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Word Origin and History for hubba-hubba

U.S. slang cry of excitement or enthusiasm, first recorded 1944.

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

hubba-hubba

adverb

Quickly; immediately; on the double

interjection

An exclamation of delight, relish, etc, esp at the sight of a woman

[WWII armed forces; origin unknown; perhaps a version of a Chinese greeting how-pu-how, apparently adopted by US airmen from Chinese pilot trainees; perhaps originally a bit of gibberish used to imitate the clamor of conversation, esp when soldiers get the command ''Parade rest,'' after which one can talk, as distinct from the command ''At ease,'' after which one must remain silent and contribute to no hubbub]


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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