Bube

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German[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • Bub (southern)

Etymology[edit]

From Middle High German buobe ‎(knave), from Old High German Buobo, a male name of unknown meaning. Cognate with Dutch boef ‎(villain). Probably also related to boy, which see for more.

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Noun[edit]

Bube m ‎(genitive Buben, plural Buben, diminutive Bübchen n or Büblein n)

  1. knave; jack (playing card)
  2. (regional, southern Germany, Austria, Switzerland) boy; lad
  3. (regional, northern and central Germany) rogue; naughty boy

Usage notes[edit]

  • (rogue): This regional sense occurs chiefly in the diminutive Bübchen, and in the fixed combination böser Bube.

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External links[edit]

  • Bube in Duden online