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noun, plural bug·gies.
  1. a light, four-wheeled, horse-drawn carriage with a single seat and a transverse spring.
  2. (in India) a light, two-wheeled carriage with a folding top.
  3. baby carriage.
  4. Older Slang. an automobile, especially an old or dilapidated one.
  5. a small wagon or truck for transporting heavy materials, as coal in a mine or freshly mixed concrete at a construction site, for short distances.
  6. Metallurgy. a car, as for transporting ingots or charges for open-hearth furnaces.
  7. any of various small vehicles adapted for use on a given terrain, as on sand beaches or swamps.
  8. British. a light, two-wheeled, open carriage.
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Origin of buggy1

First recorded in 1765–75; of obscure origin


adjective, bug·gi·er, bug·gi·est.
  1. infested with bugs.
  2. Slang. crazy; insane; peculiar.
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Origin of buggy2

First recorded in 1705–15; bug1 + -y1
Related formsbug·gi·ness, noun
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Related Words

wagon, cart, vehicle, caboose, shay, pram, demented, foolish, infested, nutty

Examples from the Web for buggy

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Historical Examples

  • When, at last, he took the horse and buggy and drove about the country for orders, he was too late.


    Mary Roberts Rinehart

  • I passed you in my buggy when you were coming in with your tent that day on the Ridge.

  • Together they succeeded in getting him into the buggy; then, gently, Mike drove to the house.


    W. A. Fraser

  • By this he had reached the buggy, while Westley continued on his way to the stalls.


    W. A. Fraser

  • One wheel struck a cobble stone, and the buggy lurched horribly.

British Dictionary definitions for buggy


noun plural -gies
  1. a light horse-drawn carriage having either four wheels (esp in the US and Canada) or two wheels (esp in Britain and India)
  2. short for beach buggy
  3. short for Baby Buggy See baby carriage
  4. a small motorized vehicle designed for a particular purposegolf buggy; moon buggy
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Word Origin

C18: of unknown origin


adjective -gier or -giest
  1. infested with bugs
  2. US slang insane
  3. informal (of a system or machine, esp a computer program) containing errors or faults
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Derived Formsbugginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for buggy


"light carriage," 1773, of unknown origin. Extended to baby carriages by 1890.

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"infested with bugs," 1774, from bug (n.) + -y (2).

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