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noun plural but singular in construction bub·kes \ˈbəp-kəs, ˈbu̇p-\

Definition of bubkes

  1. :  the least amount :  beans <won't win bubkes this year — Ivan Maisel>; also :  nothing <received bubkes for their efforts>

Variants of bubkes

also bupkes or bupkus \ˈbəp-kəs, ˈbu̇p-\

Origin of bubkes

Yiddish (probably short for kozebubkes, literally, goat droppings), plural of bubke, bobke, diminutive of bub, bob bean, of Slavic origin; akin to Polish bób bean

First Known Use: 1937

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to manage or play awkwardly

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