bubkes

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

Synonyms for bubkes

Synonyms

Visit the Thesaurus for More 

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

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More About bubkes

Dictionary Entries Near bubkes

bubinga

bubkes

bubo

See More Nearby Entries 

Statistics for bubkes

Cite this Entry

“Bubkes.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bubkes. Accessed 19 Sep. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

WORD OF THE DAY

Test Your Vocabulary

Dog Words Quiz

  • shiba puppy more or less demanding cuddles
  • Which of the following animals has a dog in its etymology?
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

TAKE THE QUIZ
Universal Daily Crossword

A daily challenge for crossword fanatics.

TAKE THE QUIZ
Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!