Bube

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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; see there for more.

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /buːbə/
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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 is now restricted chiefly to the diminutive Bübchen, to fixed combinations like böser Bube, and to compounds like Bubenstreich (prank, knavery).

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Further reading[edit]

  • Bube in Duden online