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

Definition of bubkes

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

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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“Bubkes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bubkes. Accessed 25 Sep. 2020.

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