Green’s Dictionary of Slang

bub n.1

also bubb, bubby, humming bub
[Lat. bibere, to drink]

drink, esp. strong beer; thus bub and grub, drink and food.

[UK] ‘The Brewer’ Rump Poems & Songs (1662) I 339: Let’s leave off singing and drink off our Bub.
[UK] ‘The Bathing Girles’ in Ebsworth Westminster Drolleries (1875) II 101: They [...] took away their Smocks, and both their Wallets too, Which brought their good Bubb, and left them in pittiful case.
[UK]Motteux (trans.) Gargantua and Pantagruel (1927) II Bk V 520: Drink on sirs, whip it away [...] fear not we should ever want good bub, and bellytimber.
[UK]A. Smith Lives of Most Notorious Highway-men, etc. (1926) 203: Bub, drink. Rum-bub, very good tipple.
[UK] in D’Urfey Pills to Purge Melancholy VI 278: We’ll broach a Tub of humming Bub.
[UK]Bailey Universal Etym. Eng. Dict.
[UK]Machine 2: Ye that with Attorney’s Clerks regale / O’er humble Bub, Sheep’s Heart, or bottl’d Ale.
[UK] ‘The Little Giant’ Giant of Morpeth’s Garland 2: And every Day he still contriv’d / to fill his Graceless Belly; / Of good strong Bubb, he’d drink a Tubb.
[UK]Bridges Burlesque Homer (3rd edn) 477: Both men of note for sucking bub.
[UK]J. Messink Choice of Harlequin I viii: I think my flashy coachman, that you’ll take better care, / Nor for a little bub come the slang upon your fare.
[UK]C. Dibdin ‘Jack in his Element’ Collection of Songs II 65: We works, and loves, and fights the foe / And drinks the generous bub.
[UK] Song No. 25 Papers of Francis Place (1819) n.p.: I pray you now send me some bub.
[UK]Vaux Vocab. of the Flash Lang.
[UK]‘An Amateur’ Real Life in London I 316: He knew the trick, and was up the moment the chap came into the Cock and Hen Club, where he was tucking in his grub and bub.
[UK]‘Jon Bee’ A Dict. of the Turf, The Ring, The Chase, etc. 18: Humming-bub, strong beer or ale.
[UK]Egan Life of an Actor 125: There, my fine fellow, that will keep you in bub and grub.
[UK] ‘Pickpocket’s Chaunt’ (trans. of ‘En roulant de vergne en vergne’) in Vidocq IV 260: I pattered in flash, like a covey knowing [...] ‘Bubby or grubbery, Miss, I say.’.
[UK]W.H. Smith ‘The Thieves’s Chaunt’ in Farmer Musa Pedestris (1896) 121: A Norfolk capon is jolly grub / When you wash it down with strength of bub.
[UK](con. 1715) W.H. Ainsworth Jack Sheppard (1917) 120: Many a mug o’ bubb have I drained wi’ the landlord.
[UK]W.L. Rede Our Village I i: Sam’s brought lots of bub and grub.
[Aus]Bell’s Life in Sydney 16 Apr. 2/7: Here miladi is maintenace [sic] for bub and grub for a fortnight.
[UK] ‘Pat & his Cat’ Diprose’s Comic Song Book 36: Paddy O’Neil [...] In defiance of tempting by gold, bub or grub, / Wint and pledg’d his bold word to a Prostestant Club.
[UK]W.H. Smyth Sailor’s Word-Bk (1991) 139: Bub. A liquor or drink. Bub and grub meaning inversely meat and drink.
[UK]Hotten Sl. Dict.
[UK]Newcastle Courant 2 Dec. 6/5: He mayn’t have taken his bub.
[UK]Barrère & Leland Dict. of Sl., Jargon and Cant.
[UK]Farmer & Henley Sl. and Its Analogues.
[US]Jewish Sth (Richmond, VA) 16 Apr. 2/2: They proceeded [...] to refresh themselves with the sprightly Mrs Hanniver’s stimulating bub.

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