Alternative Spellings

bopkes, bobkes, bupkes, bupkis, bubkes


  • Nothing
  • Something worthless

Example Sentences

  • "Have you heard from Joe recently?" "No, I haven't heard bubkis."
  • "He thinks he's so great, but he's bupkis."

Languages of Origin



Yiddish באָבקעס bobkes - nonsense!; turds, goat/sheep droppings

Who Uses This

Jews: Jews of diverse religious backgrounds and organizational involvements
Non-Jews: (words that have spread outside of Jewish networks)


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).
Dictionary of Jewish Usage: A Popular Guide to the Use of Jewish Terms, by Sol Steinmetz (Lanham, MD, 2005).

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