- 1[intransitive] to form bubbles The water in the pan was beginning to bubble. Add the white wine and let it bubble up. Cook until the cheese is golden and bubbling.
- 2[intransitive] (+ adv./prep.) to make a bubbling sound, especially when moving in the direction mentioned I could hear the soup bubbling away. A stream came bubbling between the stones. Mike’s laugh bubbled down the line.
- 3[intransitive] bubble (over) with something to be full of a particular feeling She was bubbling over with excitement.
- 4[intransitive] + adv./prep. (of a feeling) to be felt strongly by a person; to be present in a situation Laughter bubbled up inside him. the anger that bubbled beneath the surface Long-standing ethnic tensions have bubbled to the surface. Match-rigging is still bubbling away in the background. Word Origin Middle English: partly imitative, partly an alteration of burble.Extra examples Emotions quickly bubble to the surface. He was bubbling over with excitement. She could feel the anger bubbling up inside her. The business was still small but I was bubbling with ideas. The soup was bubbling away on the stove. The water in the saucepan was bubbling furiously. Phrasal Verbsbubble under
BrE BrE//ˈbʌbl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌbl//Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bubble
BrE BrE//ˈbʌbl//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌbl//he / she / it bubbles
BrE BrE//ˈbʌblz//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌblz//past simple bubbled
BrE BrE//ˈbʌbld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌbld//past participle bubbled
BrE BrE//ˈbʌbld//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌbld//-ing form bubbling
BrE BrE//ˈbʌblɪŋ//; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌblɪŋ//