- 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
Examples from the Web for bugged
That said, Braff has always seemed like a minor irritant, and I never gave any real thought to why he bugged me.
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.
I was bugged and followed by secret police maybe, but never with a bodyguard.
I was a 17-year-old girl from the suburbs wearing a big coat and staring at her shoelaces, but no one bugged me.Someone Comes to Town, Someone Leaves Town|Cory Doctorow
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
His place was bugged, all right, but somehow the Galactic had managed to nullify their instruments!A World by the Tale|Gordon Randall Garrett
But J. Bayard's programme for helpin' Royce break into the younger set is bugged for fair.Shorty McCabe on the Job|Sewell Ford
British Dictionary definitions for bugged (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 bugged (2 of 4)
Word Origin for bug
British Dictionary definitions for bugged (3 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for bugged (4 of 4)
Medicine definitions for bugged
Science definitions for bugged
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 bugged
A generic term that describes a malfunction of undetermined origin in a computer or other electronic device.
Idioms and Phrases with bugged
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