alte bubby

Alternative Spellings

elteh bubbie, elte bubbe, elter bubby, elte bubby, alte bubbie, alte bubbe, alte bobe, elter-bobe

Definitions

  • old woman, great-grandmother

Example Sentences

  • "But I grew up at my Alte Bubby's feet with the stories of Antonifka and Rovna, with tea with sugar and lemon." (http://miminsearchofmotherhood.blogspot.com/2012/04/resisting-sleep-and-counting-down-days.html)
  • "He was standing behind an alte bubbe who was counting out her pennies to pay for her milk and bread." (http://www.ia004.urj.net/sermons/10-1-06.html)
  • "What should the kinderlach call their elter zeida and bubbe's? Simply Zeidy and Bubby?" http://www.theyeshivaworld.com/coffeeroom/topic/elter-zeida-elter-bubbe-uncles-aunts

Languages of Origin

Yiddish

Etymology

עלטער־באָבע elter-bobe ('great-grandmother'); אַלטע באָבע alte bobe ('old grandmother')

Who Uses This

Orthodox: Jews who identify as Orthodox and observe halacha (Jewish law)
Older: Jews who are middle-aged and older
Ashkenazim: Jews with Ashkenazi heritage

Regions

North America

Dictionaries

None

Notes

It seems possible that the Yiddish adjective "alt" (old), which is used in other Jewish English phrases, may be confused with the prefix "elter-" (great-, as in, great-grandmother.)

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