bubbe

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English[edit]

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Etymology[edit]

From Yiddish באָבע (bobe).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • (UK) IPA(key): /ˈbʊbə/, /ˈbʌbə/, /ˈbʊbi/, /ˈbʌbi/
  • (US) IPA(key): /ˈbʊbə/, /ˈbɔbə/, /ˈbʊbi/, /ˈbɔbi/
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Noun[edit]

bubbe (plural bubbes)

  1. One's grandmother.
    • 1994: Steven C. Dubin, Arresting Images, p x.
      My bubbe's inability to write in English turned out to be a blessing: she pressed me into service as her scribe at an early age.
    • 1996: Joan C. Hawxhurst, Bubbe & Gram: My Two Grandmothers, blurb
      A little girl describes the various things she does with her Jewish grandmother, Bubbe, and her Christian grandmother, Gram, and what she has learned about both.
    • 1999: Linda Barnes, A Trouble of Fools, p1
      I never met my bubbe, my grandma, the source of all my mother's Yiddish proverbs ...
    • 2001: Elizabeth Sussman Nassau, Raisins and Almonds, in Chicken Soup for the Jewish Soul (Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen, Dov Peretz Elkins, eds.), p238
      When I showed my bubbe, she said I had found a memory of the snake, and that memories were precious.
  2. Any elderly woman.

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References[edit]

  • OED 2006