• n. Grandmother.

Example Sentences

  • "My bubbe makes the greatest cabbage soup."

Languages of Origin

  • Yiddish


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

    • Who Uses This

      • Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage


      • North America


      • 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


  • See also zaidie and savta.

    Of Slavic origin.

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

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