[ buhg-er, boog- ]
/ ˈbʌg ər, ˈbʊg- /
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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.
verb (used with object)
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.
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Origin of bugger1
First recorded in 1300–50; Middle English bougre, from Anglo-French bugre, from 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)
Other definitions for bugger (2 of 2)
[ buhg-er ]
/ ˈbʌg ər /
a person who installs a hidden listening device.
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British Dictionary definitions for bugger
/ (ˈbʌɡə) /
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 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
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