Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. An uproar; a hubbub.
  • n. See hookah.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a hookah

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A tobacco pipe, so arranged that the smoke passes through water, making a bubbling noise, whence its name. In India, the bulb containing the water is often a cocoanut shell. It is a simple type of hookah.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A continued bubbling or gurgling sound.
  • n. A primitive form of pipe for smoking, popular among the lower classes in India.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an oriental tobacco pipe with a long flexible tube connected to a container where the smoke is cooled by passing through water

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

Reduplication and alteration of bubble.

Examples

  • Listening to the harsh, monotonous screeching of the cart, he puffs happily at his mud-stained hubble-bubble, lost in broken and distorted memories of the past.

    What Sri Aurobindo wrote about community presages The Mother’s Auroville Charter

  • Pleasantly weary, he stretched out on a rope bed, eavesdropping on his father's guests and supplicants -- smoky, piratical gatherings in the hujera's great room, with hubble-bubble hookahs and high-caliber bandoleers, lulling him to sleep with the streamside murmur of their mutter and growl, and the whine and hum of their radio, beaming news from the great beyond.

    Excerpt: The Warlord's Son by Dan Fesperman

  • Already in that early day it was his habit to smoke in bed, and he had made him an Oriental pipe of the hubble-bubble variety, because it would hold more and was more comfortable than the regular short pipe of daytime use.

    Mark Twain: A Biography

  • Inevitably one made up things like that about Hugh; that was his style; the style of those admirable letters which Peter had read thousands of miles across the sea in the Times, and had thanked God he was out of that pernicious hubble-bubble if it were only to hear baboons chatter and coolies beat their wives.

    Mrs. Dalloway

  • Tasslehoff closed his eyes so he wouldn't have to see the gnome, but he saw him anyway-his nut-brown face and his wispy hair that floated about his head as though he were perpetually poking his finger into one of his own inventions, perhaps the steam-powered preambulating hubble-bubble or the locomotive, self-winding rutabaga slicer.

    Dragons Of A Vanished Moon

  • "Sindbad the Sailor, a Joe Meek mountain-man type, one moribund hash aficionado complete with hubble-bubble, and a classic British birdwatcher," Pitkin rattled off in snap appraisal.

    The Golden Torc

  • Alas, no! She entertains a set of lazy bearers, smoking the hubble-bubble around a palanquin as they wait for a fare; and her buksheesh may be a cowry or two.

    The Atlantic Monthly, Volume 01, No. 03, January, 1858

  • "Ah, ah," said the Chinaman, placing a hubble-bubble before his guest, who condescended to shut the mouthpiece in under his long moustache, while he sat silently for nearly half an hour.

    The Pointing Man A Burmese Mystery

  • All smoke, using sometimes this long-stemmed, small-bowled pipe, and sometimes the water pipe, akin in principle to the Indian hubble-bubble.

    A Wayfarer in China Impressions of a trip across West China and Mongolia

  • Turks sitting in the shadow of a little saddler's shop by the street smoking their hubble-bubble water-pipes, and saying words like these:

    The Book of Missionary Heroes

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  • "Captain Aubrey found Stephen and Dr. Jacob sitting on the Crown's veranda, smoking a hubble-bubble."

    --Patrick O'Brian, Blue at the Mizzen, 25

    March 27, 2008