- a person who has a great enthusiasm for something; fan or hobbyist: My wife is a real adventure bug, so we had a pretty thrilling, action-packed holiday.
- 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.
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What is a basic definition of bug?
The word bug is used loosely to mean an insect or creature that resembles an insect. Bug is also used to mean a glitch or imperfection, as in a computer program. Bug is used as a verb to mean to bother or annoy someone. Bug has many other uses as a noun and verb.
The word bug is used as a catch-all term for small, creepy pests. In general usage, it is used interchangeably with the word insect to refer to things like ants, bees, beetles, and even spiders.
Scientists, though, use the words bug and insect to mean slightly different things. Insect refers to organisms that belong to Insecta, a very large class of animals whose members have a three-part body, six legs, and usually two pairs of wings. Scientists use bug (or true bug) to refer to the members of the order Hemiptera, which is within the Insecta class. Hemiptera members include cicadas, aphids, and stink bugs.
- Used in a sentence: He sat in the tent to try and avoid the bugs outside.
Bug is used informally to refer to glitches or defects, especially when discussing electronics.
- Used in a sentence: The company didn’t release the new laptop until it had fixed all of the bugs.
As a verb, bug means to annoy or to bother someone.
- Used in a sentence: Tom was bugged by his son jumping up and down while begging for ice cream.
Where does bug come from?
The first records of bug come from around 1590. Its origin is unknown. It may be related to an earlier bug, meaning “bogeyman,” whose first records come from around 1425. The origin of this bug is also unknown.
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What are some other forms related to bug?
- unbugged (adjective)
- buggy (adjective)
What are some synonyms for bug?
What are some words that share a root or word element with bug?
What are some words that often get used in discussing bug?
How is bug used in real life?
Bug is a very common word used loosely to refer to insects or similar creatures that very few people are fond of.
Can I please just sit outside without a bug buzzing by my ear or getting all up in my face?! I hate bugs! #gross 🐞🐜🐝
— Kaleigh (@kaleighnobles) May 20, 2013
Sure wish Apple would fix the bugs in the IOS 8 update. My battery suddenly dies so fast now. Ugh.
— daveontv (@daveontv) October 10, 2014
Sorry my bad grammar was really bugging me… 🤣
— Ranj Singh (@DrRanj) March 14, 2020
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Which of the following creatures is least likely to be called a bug?
How to use bug in a sentence
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
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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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Other 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