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Borrowed from Yiddish באָבע(bobe).



bubbe (plural bubbes)

  1. A grandmother.
    • 1994, Steven C. Dubin, Arresting Images, page 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, page 1:
      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.
    • 1979 Stephen Longstreet, The Dream Seekers, →ISBN, page 174:
      "You heard the bubbe," said Josie. "There isn't any. You act up and cry and I'll give you the back of my hand."

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  • OED 2006



  • IPA(key): /ˈbubːe/
  • Hyphenation: bub‧be


bubbe f 

  1. wind



  • Kazuhiro Kawachi (2007) A grammar of Sidaama (Sidamo), a Cushitic language of Ethiopia, page 81
  • Gizaw Shimelis, editor (2007), “bubbe”, in Sidaama-Amharic-English dictionary, Addis Ababa: Sidama Information and Culture department