Bub·​ba ˈbə-bə How to pronounce Bubba (audio)
plural Bubbas
informal + often disparaging
: redneck
… refers to himself as a "red-necked, tobacco-chewing Bubba," although he quit chewing four years ago.Randy Harvey
For those who find summer art festivals and wine tastings too highbrow, … a bunch of Bubbas are putting on a festival that will hit the bull's-eye this weekend. The Summer Redneck Games kick off Saturday in Dublin, Ga., with the lighting of a ceremonial flame in a barbecue pit.Roanoke (Virginia) Times and World News

Word History


from Bubba, a stereotypical nickname of Southern white males

First Known Use

1979, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of Bubba was in 1979

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Cite this Entry

“Bubba.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/Bubba. Accessed 2 Dec. 2023.

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