- 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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OTHER WORDS FROM bugun·bugged, adjective
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How to use bug in a sentence
It was using this scanner, which he developed over the course of the last two years, that he was able to speed up the process of finding bugs.Mobile security startup Oversecured launches after self-funding $1 million, thanks to bug bounty payouts|Zack Whittaker|November 12, 2020|TechCrunch
The update immediately prior to this one fixed a bug that caused users' default mail and browser apps to reset when a device was turned off or restarted.Apple pushes out iOS 14.1, iMovie updates, and more|Samuel Axon|October 22, 2020|Ars Technica
Rumors are that these indexing bugs and the suspension of this tool are related but Google has not confirmed this.99% of Google’s indexing issues fully resolved|Barry Schwartz|October 19, 2020|Search Engine Land
There has been a lot of complaints recently, mostly stemming from the ongoing indexing bugs, around Google not indexing content quickly enough.Google Search Console temporarily drops request indexing feature|Barry Schwartz|October 14, 2020|Search Engine Land
Perhaps this feature now proves to be a bug for general theories of brain function.Our Mind-Boggling Sense of Smell - Issue 91: The Amazing Brain|Ann-Sophie Barwich|October 14, 2020|Nautilus
That said, Braff has always seemed like a minor irritant, and I never gave any real thought to why he bugged me.Zach Braff’s Irritating Sense of Entitlement|Andrew Romano|July 18, 2014|DAILY BEAST
I suddenly realized at some point what it was that bugged me about Battlestar Galactica—it was fanfic!
It was decided to use the telephone, but because everywhere was bugged the rings would function as messages.The Spy Who Saved The World—Then Tried To Destroy It|Jeremy Duns|November 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
As they slip into the quiet of the home, they both wonder if the place has been bugged.The Man Oswald First Tried to Kill Before JFK|Bill Minutaglio, Steven L. Davis|October 3, 2013|DAILY BEAST
The police planted an undercover officer in the agency, and had the offices bugged.The Daniel Morgan Murder: An Unsolved Mystery of the Murdoch Hacking Scandal|Peter Jukes|May 10, 2013|DAILY BEAST
When a phone jangled down the corridor, his eyes bugged right at the door.
Wain was a smooth customer who bugged his eyes and lost some of his tan when he saw the sheaf of bills.Deathworld|Harry Harrison
But J. Bayard's programme for helpin' Royce break into the younger set is bugged for fair.Shorty McCabe on the Job|Sewell Ford
If they have 28 pages of that, they have me doing that kind of talking, and had the room bugged, or whatever you want to say.Warren Commission (1 of 26): Hearings Vol. I (of 15)|The President's Commission on the Assassination of President Kennedy
Jim's eyes bugged out when he heard that; and I reckon mine did, too.Adventures of Huckleberry Finn, Complete|Mark Twain (Samuel Clemens)
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