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buggy1

[buhg-ee] /ˈbʌg i/
noun, plural buggies.
1.
a light, four-wheeled, horse-drawn carriage with a single seat and a transverse spring.
2.
(in India) a light, two-wheeled carriage with a folding top.
4.
Older Slang. an automobile, especially an old or dilapidated one.
5.
a small wagon or truck for transporting heavy materials, as coal in a mine or freshly mixed concrete at a construction site, for short distances.
6.
Metallurgy. a car, as for transporting ingots or charges for open-hearth furnaces.
7.
any of various small vehicles adapted for use on a given terrain, as on sand beaches or swamps.
8.
British. a light, two-wheeled, open carriage.
Origin of buggy1
1765-1775
First recorded in 1765-75; of obscure origin

buggy2

[buhg-ee] /ˈbʌg i/
adjective, buggier, buggiest.
1.
infested with bugs.
2.
Slang. crazy; insane; peculiar.
Origin
First recorded in 1705-15; bug1 + -y1
Related forms
bugginess, noun
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Examples from the Web for buggy
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  • When, at last, he took the horse and buggy and drove about the country for orders, he was too late.

    K Mary Roberts Rinehart
  • I passed you in my buggy when you were coming in with your tent that day on the Ridge.

  • Together they succeeded in getting him into the buggy; then, gently, Mike drove to the house.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • By this he had reached the buggy, while Westley continued on his way to the stalls.

    Thoroughbreds W. A. Fraser
  • One wheel struck a cobble stone, and the buggy lurched horribly.

    Chip, of the Flying U B. M. Bower
  • She nodded, and gathered up her skirts to get out of the buggy.

British Dictionary definitions for buggy

buggy1

/ˈbʌɡɪ/
noun (pl) -gies
1.
a light horse-drawn carriage having either four wheels (esp in the US and Canada) or two wheels (esp in Britain and India)
2.
short for beach buggy
3.
short for Baby Buggy See baby carriage
4.
a small motorized vehicle designed for a particular purpose: golf buggy, moon buggy
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin

buggy2

/ˈbʌɡɪ/
adjective -gier, -giest
1.
infested with bugs
2.
(US, slang) insane
3.
(informal) (of a system or machine, esp a computer program) containing errors or faults
Derived Forms
bugginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for buggy
n.

"light carriage," 1773, of unknown origin. Extended to baby carriages by 1890.

adj.

"infested with bugs," 1774, from bug (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for buggy

buggy 1

noun

  1. A caboose (1890s+ Railroad)
  2. A car, esp an old and rickety one; heap, jalopy: I wouldn't exactly call my Maserati a buggy (1925+)

Related Terms

horse-and-buggy

buggy 2

adjective

Crazy; bughouse, nuts (1900+)

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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