alte bubby

Alternative Spellings

elteh bubbie, elte bubbe, elter bubby, elte bubby, alte bubbie, alte bubbe, alte bobe, elter-bobe


  • old woman, great-grandmother

Example Sentences

  • "But I grew up at my Alte Bubby's feet with the stories of Antonifka and Rovna, with tea with sugar and lemon." (
  • "He was standing behind an alte bubbe who was counting out her pennies to pay for her milk and bread." (
  • "What should the kinderlach call their elter zeida and bubbe's? Simply Zeidy and Bubby?"

Languages of Origin



עלטער־באָבע elter-bobe ('great-grandmother'); אַלטע באָבע alte bobe ('old grandmother')

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


North America




It seems possible that the Yiddish adjective "alt" (old), which is used in other Jewish English phrases, may be confused with the prefix "elter-" (great-, as in, great-grandmother.)

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