Meaning of bub in English:


Pronunciation /bʌb/


informal North American
  • An aggressive or rude way of addressing a boy or man.

    • ‘hey, bub, I'm looking for someone’
    • ‘If you're already trained up but you could stand a little more - bub, this is for you.’
    • ‘Let me tell you something, bub: she'll burn in hell along with you, so stop acting so smug!’
    • ‘Time to read those two hundred and three claims more closely, bub.’
    • ‘The progression is based around mostly minor chords, and anything major is followed by a dominant seventh, so don't get too comfortable, bub.’
    • ‘‘Maybe, but it almost wasn't, you were getting a bit slow near the end there bub,’ Kelsey pointed out.’
    • ‘Keep it coming bub, you've got a long way to go!’
    • ‘Well it comes in pretty handy down here, bub.’
    • ‘‘Thanks for the grub, bub,’ he finally said, and opened his eyes.’
    • ‘A word which, in the Paramount Pictures lexicon, is translated from the ancient Greek root meaning ‘not on your life, bub.’’
    • ‘‘Sure you are, bub,’ Gleason says, reaching into his pocket.’
    • ‘Well from the looks of it bub, it seems like you did.’
    • ‘Are you seeking new recruits for the police department, bub?’
    • ‘The terrific system - it has won nine NBA championships, bub - is based on constant movement by all five players, fully taking advantage of Shaq's unusual mobility and unreal passing ability for a big man.’
    • ‘‘Come on, bub, you're holding up da line,’ the gateman scowled as he turned back to his puzzle.’
    • ‘The people behind me keep punching me in the shoulders and yelling at me to take my hat off, so I am often compelled to turn around and whisper to them ‘Mind your manners, bub, I'm a world-famous celebrity author!’’
    • ‘Well, a word of advice, bub, don't quit your day job.’
    • ‘‘Well, you're out of luck on that one, bub,’ Michaela laughed.’
    • ‘Dogmatic people tend to be dogmatic about everything, whereas Catholic Faith says ‘Be dogmatic about the dogmatic truths of the Faith, but for the rest of life: Lighten up, bub!’’
    • ‘‘I don't know about you, bub,’ say the voices in my head, ‘but I'm running for mayor from the very pages of this magazine, whatever it's called.’’
    • ‘‘Just out of interest, would you have called the dean ‘hey bub?’’


Mid 19th century from earlier bubby (perhaps a child's form of brother), or from German Bube ‘boy’.