- 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
British Dictionary definitions for bug out (1 of 5)
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- 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
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Word Origin for bug
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Medicine definitions for bug out
Science definitions for bug out
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 out
A generic term that describes a malfunction of undetermined origin in a computer or other electronic device.
Idioms and Phrases with bug out (1 of 2)
Bulge, as in The news will make her eyes bug out with astonishment. This expression was originally used literally for bulging eyes and later used more loosely as a sign of astonishment. [Colloquial; mid-1800s]
Leave, run out, as in This conference is a bore; I think I'll bug out. This usage originated as military slang for deserting and today is used more loosely. [Slang; c. 1950]
Idioms and Phrases with bug out (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