Definition of bubba in English:



North American
  • 1Used as an affectionate form of address to a brother.

    ‘my sister has always called me bubba’
    • ‘As you know, Bubba, I have no way to ever repay you for your unselfish gift of life you so eagerly gave to me. All I can offer to you is my undying love, my respect, my gratitude and my humble heart.’
    • ‘‘Relax, bubba,’ Avery said a laugh in her voice as she gave him a swift one armed hug.’
    • ‘That's when my sister came in, ‘It's all right, bubba, all right,’ and so I came to love her and that's the truth.’
    • ‘My brother, whom I call Bubba, has many memories of him even though he was only 2 years old when my dad went away to the service.’
    • ‘All I can say is, ‘Hold on, bubba, it's gonna’ be a wild ride.’’
    man, my friend
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  • 2derogatory An uneducated conservative white male of the southern US.

    • ‘They're fat, tail-gate bubba types that break a sweat walking up the courthouse steps to apply for their hunting license.’
    • ‘There are the pickup trucks proudly displaying gun racks owned by the Bubbas of the South, and the souped up sports cars driven by NASCAR-driver "wannabes".’
    • ‘Dean wasn't just whistling Dixie when he made his infamous remark about reaching out to bubbas bearing Confederate flags.’
    • ‘It seems that despite claims that the folks who were organizing the boycott are the bubba demographic that isn't sophisticated enough to consume French products, the boycott is actually being felt.’
    • ‘This book is a clear and credible survey of that phenomenon, and it's especially welcome in a year of generalizations about "the Bubba vote."’


Mid 19th century: alteration of brother.