bubkes

noun
bub·​kes | \ ˈbəp-kəs How to pronounce bubkes (audio) , ˈbu̇p- \
variants: or less commonly bupkes or bupkus
plural in form but singular in construction

Definition of bubkes

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

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First Known Use of bubkes

1937, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for 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

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Last Updated

23 Aug 2022

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“Bubkes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bubkes. Accessed 30 Sep. 2022.

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