- a light, four-wheeled, horse-drawn carriage with a single seat and a transverse spring.
- (in India) a light, two-wheeled carriage with a folding top.
- baby carriage.
- Older Slang. an automobile, especially an old or dilapidated one.
- 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.
- Metallurgy. a car, as for transporting ingots or charges for open-hearth furnaces.
- any of various small vehicles adapted for use on a given terrain, as on sand beaches or swamps.
- British. a light, two-wheeled, open carriage.
Origin of buggy1
First recorded in 1765–75; of obscure origin
- infested with bugs.
- Slang. crazy; insane; peculiar.
Origin of buggy2
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Examples from the Web for 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
But the programs were buggy and often prone to false positives, alerting a network administrator too often to routine behavior.Catching the Next WikiLeaker
October 20, 2011
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
October 13, 2011
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
When, at last, he took the horse and buggy and drove about the country for orders, he was too late.K
Mary Roberts Rinehart
I passed you in my buggy when you were coming in with your tent that day on the Ridge.In the Midst of Alarms
Together they succeeded in getting him into the buggy; then, gently, Mike drove to the house.
By this he had reached the buggy, while Westley continued on his way to the stalls.
One wheel struck a cobble stone, and the buggy lurched horribly.Chip, of the Flying U
B. M. Bower
C18: of unknown origin
- infested with bugs
- US slang insane
- informal (of a system or machine, esp a computer program) containing errors or faults
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Word Origin and History for buggy
"light carriage," 1773, of unknown origin. Extended to baby carriages by 1890.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper