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Webster's Unabridged Dictionary
noun Bub"by
A woman's breast.

Etymology: Cf. Prov. G. bübbi, or It. poppa, Pr. popa, OF. poupe, a woman's breast

noun Bub"by
Bub; -- a term of familiar or affectionate address to a small boy.

Etymology: A corruption of brother


Perhaps from a dialectal German term Bübbi (“teat”), (perhaps specifically Pennsylvania German). Some older references connected the word to French poupe, but this is considered "very doubtful" by the OED.

  1. (slang) A woman's breast.

Perhaps from brother, as pronounced by young children who are not yet able to properly pronounce its complex consonants, but alternatively perhaps from Pennsylvania German; see bub. Compare sissy.

  1. (childish) Familiar term of address for a boy; bub; bubba.
    , , OCLC 22167977, page 78:
    Mother sent me to hunt you; she is dying, and sissy and are hungry and the baby is crying, and we're afraid the cross man will come.

Variant spelling. (From Yiddish.)

  1. Alternative spelling of bubbe (“grandmother”)

    Notable Persons Named Bubby

    Bubby Brister is a football player for the Pittsburgh Steelers, Philadelphia Eagles, New York Jets, Denver Broncos, Minnesota Vikings, and Kansas City Chiefs. Bubby was born on August 15th, 1962 in Alexandria, Louisiana.


    Bubby Jones is a racing driver.


    Fun Facts about the name Bubby

    • How Popular is the name Bubby? Bubby is the 66,827th most popular name of all time.
    • How many people with the first name Bubby have been born in the United States? From 1880 to 2017, the Social Security Administration has recorded 15 babies born with the first name Bubby in the United States.
    • What year were 5 or more babies first named Bubby? The name was first given to 5 or more babies in the year 1933 when it was given as a first name to 5 new born babies.
    • When was Bubby first recorded in the United States? The oldest recorded birth by the Social Security Administration for the first name Bubby is Friday, September 20th, 1895.
    • What year had the most people named Bubby born? The highest recorded use of the first name Bubby was in 1933 with a total of 5 babies.
    • Weird things about the name Bubby: Your name in reverse order is Ybbub. A random rearrangement of the letters in your name (anagram) will give Ybbub. How do you pronounce that?

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    • U.S. Social Security Administration: Popular Baby Names, Death Master File (public domain).
    • 1913 Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary via the Collaborative International Dictionary of English (License)
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