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bubkes

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 and Etymology 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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