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[buhg-uh-ree, boo g-]
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noun Often Vulgar.
  1. sodomy.
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Origin of buggery

1300–50; Middle English bugerie heresy; see bugger1, -y3
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British Dictionary definitions for buggery


  1. anal intercourse between a man and another man, a woman, or an animalCompare sodomy
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Word Origin and History for buggery


mid-14c., "heresy," later "unnatural intercourse" with man or beast, "carnalis copula contra Naturam, & hoc vel per confusionem Specierum". See bugger (n.) + -y (1).

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