[ buhg-er, boo g- ]
/ ˈbʌg ər, ˈbʊg- /


verb (used with object)

Verb Phrases

bugger off, Chiefly British Slang. to depart; bug off.
bugger up, Chiefly British Slang. to ruin; spoil; botch.

Nearby words

  1. bugayev, boris nikolayevich,
  2. bugbane,
  3. bugbear,
  4. bugboy,
  5. bugeye,
  6. bugger about,
  7. bugger off,
  8. bugger-all,
  9. buggery,
  10. buggin's turn

Compare sod3.

Origin of bugger

1300–50; Middle English bougre < Anglo-French bugre < Medieval Latin Bulgarus heretic, literally, Bulgarian, by association of the Balkans with heretical sects such as the Bogomils and their alleged deviant sexual practices; def. 1 perhaps by reanalysis as bug1 or bug2 + -er1 (cf. booger)

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for bugger off

bugger off


(intr, adverb) British slang to go away; depart


/ (ˈbʌɡə) /




slang an exclamation of annoyance or disappointment

Word Origin for bugger

C16: from Old French bougre, from Medieval Latin Bulgarus Bulgarian; from the condemnation of the dualist heresy rife in Bulgaria from the tenth century to the fifteenth

Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bugger off
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Idioms and Phrases with bugger off

bugger off

see bug off.

The American Heritage® Idioms Dictionary Copyright © 2002, 2001, 1995 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company.