- a despicable or contemptible person, especially a man.
- an annoying or troublesome thing, situation, etc.
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ABOUT THIS WORD
More context on bugger
Bugger seems like a completely harmless word, right? Wrong.
Bugger ultimately originates from the Medieval Latin Bulgarus, literally “Bulgarian.” During the Middle Ages, the Balkans (the peninsula where Bulgaria is located) were linked to heretical sects, such as a group known as the Bogomils, who were said to engage in deviant sexual practices.
If knowing the history of bugger has got you reflecting on your word choices, this slideshow, “These Common Words Have Offensive Histories,” discusses many other words whose place in your vocab you may want to reconsider.
Keep in mind …
Bugger is still sometimes used in vulgar ways today, so let’s equip you with some alternatives just in case.
If you want to be a little meaner—er, more forceful, shall we say—about it, consider pest, nuisance, headache, or pain in the neck. Still curious about some other insults (oh, we know it’s just pure curiosity), English has a plethora of them. Here are a few of the gentler varieties: jerk, idiot, fool, oaf, nincompoop, or buffoon.