- Informal. a fellow or lad (used affectionately or abusively): a cute little bugger.
- Informal. any object or thing.
- Often Vulgar. a sodomite.
- Chiefly British Slang.
- a despicable or contemptible person, especially a man.
- an annoying or troublesome thing, situation, etc.
- Often Vulgar. to sodomize.
- Slang. damn: Bugger the cost—I want the best.
- Chiefly British Slang. to trick, deceive, or take advantage of.
- bugger off, Chiefly British Slang. to depart; bug off.
- bugger up, Chiefly British Slang. to ruin; spoil; botch.
Origin of bugger1
- a person who installs a hidden listening device.
Origin of bugger2
- a person who practises buggery
- slang a person or thing considered to be contemptible, unpleasant, or difficult
- slang a humorous or affectionate term for a man or childa silly old bugger; a friendly little bugger
- bugger all slang nothing
- play silly buggers slang to fool around and waste time
- to practise buggery (with)
- (tr) slang, mainly British to ruin, complicate, or frustrate
- slang to tire; wearyhe was absolutely buggered
- slang an exclamation of annoyance or disappointment
Word Origin and History for bugger
"sodomite," 1550s, earlier "heretic" (mid-14c.), from Medieval Latin Bulgarus "a Bulgarian" (see Bulgaria), so called from bigoted notions of the sex lives of Eastern Orthodox Christians or of the sect of heretics that was prominent there 11c. Cf. Old French bougre "Bulgarian," also "heretic; sodomite." Softened secondary sense of "fellow, chap," is in British English from mid-19c. Related: Buggerly.
to commit buggery," 1590s, from bugger (n.). Meaning "ruin, spoil" is from 1923. Related: Buggered; buggering.