bub

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Probably imitative of the sound of drinking.

Noun[edit]

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 2[edit]

Contraction of bubby.

Noun[edit]

bub (plural bubs)

  1. 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 3[edit]

Either a corruption of brother, a modification of bud, or a borrowing from Pennsylvania Dutch Bub (similar to how "hex" was borrowed into American English from Pennsylvania German as well. This would also explain why early attestations of bub were in American English). Alternatively and more likelily, a conflation of all of the previous terms, due to multiple separate coinages by different people. The Pennsylvania Dutch term is ultimately derived from Proto-Germanic *bō- ("close [male] relation"), and is thus cognate to English boy, babe, baby and bully.

Noun[edit]

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 4[edit]

Noun[edit]

bub (plural bubs)

  1. (Australia, slang) A baby.

Etymology 5[edit]

Shortened from bubble and bubbly.

Noun[edit]

bub (plural bubs)

  1. (slang) champagne; bubbly.

Verb[edit]

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.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sackville to this entry?)

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bub

  1. chest

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bub (plural bubs)

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

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