- a person who has a great enthusiasm for something; fan or hobbyist: a hi-fi bug.
- a craze or obsession: He's got the sports-car bug.
- a hidden microphone or other electronic eavesdropping device.
- any of various small mechanical or electrical gadgets, as one to influence a gambling device, give warning of an intruder, or indicate location.
verb (used with object), bugged, bug·ging. Informal.
Origin of bug1
Related formsun·bugged, adjective
Examples from the Web for bugging
The audience asked Levori and Haaretz columnist Gideon Levy some of the questions that had also been bugging me during film.“Ameer Got His Gun”: Not Challenging Any Narratives|Briggette Sayegh|November 19, 2012|DAILY BEAST
Police hoped the bugging operation would result in long custodial sentences for both police and journalists.
Months of bugging showed that reporters from three tabloid newspapers were receiving confidential information from the agency.
Charlotte had been bugging her for an answer about running her reelection campaign for weeks.
He rightly said no to bugging out as a diplomatic and political disaster.Obama Got It Right—And Petraeus Agrees '100 Percent'|Leslie H. Gelb|December 2, 2009|DAILY BEAST
And we should exercise the full reach of our constitutional powers to outlaw electronic "bugging" and "snooping."
They can't be dangerous in themselves, but if they're genuine, I want to know who's bugging this place.The Unnecessary Man|Gordon Randall Garrett
He hoed corn away in the back of the field, when he should have been bugging potatoes by the roadside.Prairie Folks|Hamlin Garland
After a half minute, my eyes were bugging out and the little ball was bouncing four feet in the air and going higher each time.The Big Bounce|Walter S. Tevis
Malone made himself quickly at home, keeping his eyes open for hidden TV cameras or other forms of bugging.Occasion for Disaster|Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for bugging (1 of 4)
- a microorganism, esp a bacterium, that produces disease
- a disease, esp a stomach infection, caused by a microorganism
verb bugs, bugging or bugged informal
Word Origin for bug
British Dictionary definitions for bugging (2 of 4)
Word Origin for bug
British Dictionary definitions for bugging (3 of 4)
British Dictionary definitions for bugging (4 of 4)
Medicine definitions for bugging
Science definitions for bugging
The word bug is often used to refer to tiny creatures that crawl along, such as insects and even small animals that are not insects, such as spiders and millipedes. But for scientists the word has a much narrower meaning. In the strictest terms bugs are those insects that have mouthparts adapted for piercing and sucking. The mouthparts of these bugs are contained in a beak-shaped structure. Thus scientists would classify a louse but not a beetle or a cockroach as a bug. In fact, scientists often call lice and their relatives true bugs to distinguish them better from what everyone else calls bugs.
Culture definitions for bugging
A generic term that describes a malfunction of undetermined origin in a computer or other electronic device.
Idioms and Phrases with bugging
In addition to the idioms beginning with bug
- bug off
- bug out
- cute as a button (bug's ear)
- put a bug in someone's ear
- snug as a bug in a rug
- what's eating (bugging) you