- 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
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British Dictionary definitions for bug off (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
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British Dictionary definitions for bug off (2 of 4)
Word Origin for bug
British Dictionary definitions for bug off (3 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for bug off (4 of 4)
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Scientific definitions for bug off
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 off
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 off (1 of 2)
Also, bugger off. Go away, as in Bug off before I call the police. Both terms are often used as an imperative, as in the example, and the variant is heard more in Britain than in America. [Slang; c. 1900] For a synonym, see buzz off.
Idioms and Phrases with bug off (2 of 2)
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