bubbe

Definitions

  • n. Grandmother.

Example Sentences

  • "My bubbe makes the greatest cabbage soup."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish

Etymology

  • באָבע bobe 'old woman, grandmother' (plural באָבעס bobes)

    • Who Uses This

      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

      Regions

      • North America

      Dictionaries

      • The New Joys of Yiddish, by Leo Rosten and Lawrence Bush (New York, 2003[1968]).
      • Yiddish and English: A Century of Yiddish in America, by Sol Steinmetz (Tuscaloosa, 1986).
      • The JPS Dictionary of Jewish Words, by Joyce Eisenberg and Ellen Scolnic, (Philadelphia, 2001).

      Alternative Spellings

      bobi, booba, bubah, buba, baubie, boobah, bubba, buba, boby, bobie, bobe, bubby, bubbie, bubbee, bubi, babi

Notes

  • See also zaidie and savta.

    Of Slavic origin.

    Also used as a term of endearment for children, like bubbale.

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