- 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.
Origin of bug1
Related formsun·bugged, adjective
Definition for bug (2 of 3)
Origin of bug2
Definition for bug (3 of 3)
Examples from the Web for bug
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?
Their company, Ready to Go Survival, sells prepacked survival, or “bug out,” bags and kits.
If Silver turns out to be wrong about this election Wang told me Silver “can eat a bug.”Meet the One Numbers-Cruncher Who Foresees Democrats Holding the Senate|Linda Killian|September 16, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Across business, foreign policy, and popular culture, more Americans are discovering Africa and catching the bug.How I Got Addicted to Africa (and Wrote a Thriller About It)|Todd Moss|September 9, 2014|DAILY BEAST
The term "bug" has almost become a popular synonym for "insect."Eye Spy|William Hamilton Gibson
Bug's hair was a mop of soft ringlets, and his brown eyes and innocent baby face were appealing.A Master's Degree|Margaret Hill McCarter
It may be true, but a person who was not a naturalist would feel safer about it if he had the opinion of the bug.Essays on Paul Bourget|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
He sees here mounted specimens of bug and butterfly, bird, fish and beast.The Old World and Its Ways|William Jennings Bryan
But there it was, the bug had been seen, and the whole room was overhauled.The Bonadventure|Edmund Blunden
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)
Word Origin for bug
British Dictionary definitions for bug (3 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for bug (4 of 4)
Medicine definitions for bug
Science 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.
Culture definitions for bug
A generic term that describes a malfunction of undetermined origin in a computer or other electronic device.
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