Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bubby n.1

[either f. Lat. bibere, to drink, or poss. – in the way that some claim that SE pap is onomat., stemming f. the infant’s sucking lips – f. the hungry child’s cries of ‘Bub, bub!’]

a female breast; usu. in pl.

[UK]Otway Soldier’s Fortune I i: Bubbies! oh law, there’s bubbies! – odd, I’ll bite ’em; odd, I will!
[UK]Congreve Old Bachelor V ii: Did not her eyes twinkle, and her mouth water? did not she pull up her little bubbies?
[UK]N. Ward ‘Walk to Islington’ in Writings (1704) 66: The Swell of her Bubbies, the Jut of her Bum, / To the great Brawny Stallion, crys, Come, my Dear, Come.
[UK]Fifteen Plagues of a Maiden-Head 8: If any Man do’s with my Bubbies play [...] My Breasts do heave.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy III 219: His Hand her milk-white Bubby press’d.
[UK]Penkethman’s Jests 10: Master Johnny [...] with his Mother’s Chambermaid [...] kissing, pressing her Bubbies, and the like.
[UK]Life of Thomas Neaves 31: One of them would step to kiss her, and under the pretence of feeling her pretty Bubbies would thrust his Hand down her Bosom.
[UK]C. Johnson Hist. of Highwaymen &c. 12: Like a Child set to Sleep by giving it the Bubby.
[UK]Sexes Mis-Match’d 187: Ha, ha, ha, her soft whitish Bubbies!
[UK]‘Nurse Lovechild’ Tommy Thumb’s Songbook II 36: Blackamoor, Taunymoor, / Suck a Bubby, / Your Father’s / A Cuckold, / Your Mother told me.
[UK] ‘No Wit like to a Woman’s’ Exeter Garland 6: I’ll on her Bosom lay my Head, her Bubbies to embrace.
[UK]Bridges Homer Travestie (1764) I 179: Her fine alabaster bubbies, / Her eyes of jet, and lips of rubies.
[UK] ‘The Jolly Waggoner’ Fond Mother’s Garland 6: As her Bubbies went up her plump Buttocks went down.
[Ire]G.E. Howard ‘The Modern Lass’ in A. Carpenter Verse in Eng. in 18C Ireland (1998) 383: And straight, would make a wond’rous rout, / If bubby peep’d from tucker out.
[UK]Nunnery Amusements 5: His eyes / Examine heaving bubbies, snowy thighs.
[UK]‘Medley’ in Hilaria 40: Humbugs pray take heed of our modern made-up wenches, / Fore and aft they are plump to view, but feel and you will find, sir / They’ve bubbies like blown bladders, and all is hum behind, sir.
[UK]T. Rowlandson ‘The Larking Cull’ [caption to illus.] Who for greater joys do hunt Than rising bubbies and a C—t.
[UK] ‘Sandman Joe’ Lummy Chaunter 81: His brawny hand her bubbies prest.
[UK]T. Rowlandson Pretty Little Games (c.1872) plate iv: A larger thing would give more pleasure, / She always loves to have full measure. / And who for greater joys do hunt / Than rising bubbies and a C—t.
[UK]Peeping Tom (London) 7 28/2: My Nance as such shinin’ highs [i.e. eyes] / And bubbys wot can never tire.
[UK] ‘Paddy Miles and the Mermaid’ Rakish Rhymer (1917) 12: ’Twas a beautiful Mermaid, as naked as Venus, / A washing her bubbies and combing her hair.
[UK] ‘Sub-Umbra, Or Sport Among The She-Noodles’ Pearl 1 July 3: My hands were caressing the white, firm flesh of her beautiful neck, slowly working their way towards the heaving bubbies.
[UK]Sins of the Cities of the Plain 91: He acted as a lady’s maid, fitted my bust with a pair of false bubbies.
[UK]C. Deveureux Venus in India I 33: Her beautiful breasts were round, plump and firm looking. I longed to take possession of those lovely, lovely bubbies!!
[UK]‘Lais Lovecock’ Bagnio Misc. 8: I was rather embonpoint — my bubbies were large and firm.
[UK]‘Ramrod’ Nocturnal Meeting 12: I made bold to [...] gaze upon the magnificent bubbies.
[US]Kate Percival Life & Amours (1967) I 61: He had been playing with my bubbies, admiring their whiteness, firmness and volume.
[Ire]Joyce letter 6 Dec. to Nora Barnacle in Ellman Sel. Letters (1975) 184: To fuck between your two rosy-tipped bubbies, to come on your face.
[US]B.L. Bowen ‘Word-List From Western New York’ in DN III:vi 438: bubbies, n. The breasts.
[US] in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 121: You can feel of my bubbies an’ belly, / An’ smell of my slimey flue.
[US] in G. Legman Limerick (1953) 330: A maiden who dwells in Galena / Has bubbies of graceful demeanor.
[US] in Randolph & Legman Ozark Folksongs and Folklore (1992) I 461: She had two little bubbies as round as a plumb.
[US]Randolph & Wilson Down in the Holler 120: The real old-time term for the female breasts is not bosom but dinners; young smart-alecs say bubbies.
[US] in E. Cray Erotic Muse (1992) 280: I played with her bubbies, her great big white bubbies, / And down where the short hair grows.
[US] ‘The Cuckoo’s Nest’ in G. Logsdon Whorehouse Bells Were Ringing (1995) 233: I like a girl with the bubbies on her breast, / And a road that’s easy travelled to her cuckoo’s nest.
[UK]E. Braithwaite ‘Tizzic’ in Arrivants 260: Not to mention big-bubbie Babs.
[UK]J. McDonald Dict. of Obscenity etc.
[US](con. 1920s) F.M. Davis Livin’ the Blues 72: The broads weren’t staging a contest for the bigger and better bubbies.
[UK]Guardian G2 28 Jan. 8: The male gaze [...] makes a beeline for the bubbies.
[UK]R. Antoni Carnival 231: So watch you foking mout! And tell she cover up her bubbies.