Definitions starting with B

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bubba

/bóba/ [Gul. idem (Gonzales 1922:291) or younger brother; cf. Krio bobo little boy (Hancock p.c.); cf. US dial. bub, bubby, bubber brother, used especially in speaking to a small boy, known or unknown ADD; OED bubby "Bartlett and Webster say a corruption of brother, but the word looks more like Ger. bube, bub boy"; probably a reduplication of B' brother] term of address for an older brother: 1936 Well, bubba! Dey tell mull say dey gon had won meetin' tomorrer (Dupuch 65,121). (Gen.)

Tags: noun, term of address

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Last update: 2010-09-13 05:57
Author: Holm and Shilling, DBE, 1982
Revision: 1.0

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