- a person who has a great enthusiasm for something; fan or hobbyist: a hi-fi bug.
- a craze or obsession: He's got the sports-car bug.
- a hidden microphone or other electronic eavesdropping device.
- any of various small mechanical or electrical gadgets, as one to influence a gambling device, give warning of an intruder, or indicate location.
verb (used with object), bugged, bug·ging.Informal.
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Origin of bug1
OTHER WORDS FROM bugun·bugged, adjective
Words nearby bug
Definition for bug (2 of 3)
Origin of bug2
Definition for bug (3 of 3)
Example sentences from the Web for bug
A scuffle with WordPress, the website-building service, erupted last week after Apple booted the developer from the App Store, preventing WordPress from issuing updates, such as bug fixes, to its iOS app.Why Apple let WordPress walk but continues to fight Fortnite’s Epic Games|rhhackettfortune|August 25, 2020|Fortune
The secrecy, at least for the people who helped design the system, is a feature not a bug.Federal Prosecutors Have Steve Bannon’s Murky Nonprofit in Their Sights|by Yeganeh Torbati|August 24, 2020|ProPublica
In Pilgrim at Tinker Creek, Annie Dillard described her horror at watching a frog whose innards were liquefied and then sucked dry by a giant water bug.Just Because It’s Natural Doesn’t Mean It’s Good - Issue 89: The Dark Side|David P. Barash|August 19, 2020|Nautilus
Google has now explained the massive search bug from yesterday was related to an issue with its indexing systems.Google Search bug caused by issue with its ‘indexing systems’|Barry Schwartz|August 11, 2020|Search Engine Land
Google has had some search bugs over the past year, mostly around crawling and indexing.A Google Search bug wreaked havoc on the search results Monday night|Barry Schwartz|August 11, 2020|Search Engine Land
I was thinking about retiring from modeling, but spending that time with them rekindled that bug.Porn Stars on the Year in Porn: Drone Erotica, Belle Knox, and Wild Sex|Aurora Snow|December 27, 2014|DAILY BEAST
But is bug protein really any better than traditional protein sources, like chicken, or your go-to protein powder?
Read on to find out what you need to know before whipping up bug-infused banana bread.
Underneath, a miniature version of the bug-crazy man is revealed, himself thwacking away in an alternate dimension.‘Interstellar’ Is Wildly Ambitious, Very Flawed, and Absolutely Worth Seeing|Marlow Stern|November 7, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Their company, Ready to Go Survival, sells prepacked survival, or “bug out,” bags and kits.
The men stood around bug-eyed and stared incredulously—all but High-Pockets.Nine Men in Time|Noel Miller Loomis
Both were bitten by the gambling bug in Saratoga and went West, not to grow up with, but to fairly conquer the country.
In reality it is only the female which is the lightning bug, for the male is not equipped with any lighting power.The Wonder Book of Knowledge|Various
The proverb should read, "It is the early bird that catches the bug," and different birds have different ways of going about it.
When a duck goes after a bug he acts much like a ball player trying to steal a base.
British Dictionary definitions for bug (1 of 4)
- a microorganism, esp a bacterium, that produces disease
- a disease, esp a stomach infection, caused by a microorganism
verb bugs, bugging or bugged informal
Word Origin for bug
British Dictionary definitions for bug (2 of 4)
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British Dictionary definitions for bug (3 of 4)
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Scientific definitions for bug
The word bug is often used to refer to tiny creatures that crawl along, such as insects and even small animals that are not insects, such as spiders and millipedes. But for scientists the word has a much narrower meaning. In the strictest terms bugs are those insects that have mouthparts adapted for piercing and sucking. The mouthparts of these bugs are contained in a beak-shaped structure. Thus scientists would classify a louse but not a beetle or a cockroach as a bug. In fact, scientists often call lice and their relatives true bugs to distinguish them better from what everyone else calls bugs.
Cultural definitions for bug
A generic term that describes a malfunction of undetermined origin in a computer or other electronic device.
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Idioms and Phrases with bug
In addition to the idioms beginning with bug
- bug off
- bug out
- cute as a button (bug's ear)
- put a bug in someone's ear
- snug as a bug in a rug
- what's eating (bugging) you