[ buhg-ee ]
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adjective,bug·gi·er, bug·gi·est.
  1. infested with bugs: We spent one last muggy, buggy summer at the campsite up North, then started vacationing in the Southwest.

  2. Computers. (of software) containing errors or imperfections that reduce reliability, performance, or user experience: The game’s load times were slow, and the autosave was buggy.

  1. Slang. crazy; insane; peculiar.

Origin of buggy

First recorded in 1690–1700; bug1 + -y1

Other words from buggy

  • bug·gi·ness, noun

Words Nearby buggy

Other definitions for buggy (2 of 2)

[ buhg-ee ]

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.

  1. Older Slang. an automobile, especially an old or dilapidated one.

  2. 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.

  3. Metallurgy. a car, as for transporting ingots or charges for open-hearth furnaces.

  4. any of various small vehicles adapted for use on a given terrain, as on sand beaches or swamps.

  5. British. a light, two-wheeled, open carriage.

Origin of buggy

First recorded in 1750–60; of obscure origin

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How to use buggy in a sentence

  • The cars had plush green upholstery and stained-glass windows and were faster and cheaper than a horse-and-buggy.

  • Ford began tinkering in his garage in Detroit in the 1890s, trains and the horse and buggy was the dominant mode of transport.

    From the Model T to the Model S | The Daily Beast | September 24, 2014 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • But the programs were buggy and often prone to false positives, alerting a network administrator too often to routine behavior.

  • Some people believe it is only a matter of time until all bookstores go the way of the horse and buggy.

    Ode to the Bookstore | John Avlon | October 13, 2011 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • As illustrated in this publication, we have already landed on it and driven across it in a buggy.

    Man on the Moon | The Daily Beast | July 19, 2009 | THE DAILY BEAST
  • Accordingly, she had the boys to hitch a team to a buggy and took him driving over the great estate.

    The Homesteader | Oscar Micheaux
  • He had transferred himself to the buggy with a grumble of disgust, and begged her to come for him early in the morning.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • He drives a white mule, and has managed to put a top of sail cloth on an old ramshackle buggy, which he calls a 'shay.'

    The Cromptons | Mary J. Holmes
  • Gwynne rang for his guest's buggy, thanked him for his advice; then ordered his horse and rode about the ranch half the night.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton
  • And she carefully gathered up her papers and went to the rescue of the weary Miss Boutts, while Gwynne ordered the buggy.

    Ancestors | Gertrude Atherton

British Dictionary definitions for buggy (1 of 2)


/ (ˈbʌɡɪ) /

nounplural -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

  1. a small motorized vehicle designed for a particular purpose: golf buggy; moon buggy

Origin of buggy

C18: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for buggy (2 of 2)


/ (ˈbʌɡɪ) /

adjective-gier or -giest
  1. infested with bugs

  2. US slang insane

  1. informal (of a system or machine, esp a computer program) containing errors or faults

Derived forms of buggy

  • bugginess, noun

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