buggy

1
[buhg-ee]

noun, plural bug·gies.


Origin of buggy

1
First recorded in 1765–75; of obscure origin

buggy

2
[buhg-ee]

adjective, bug·gi·er, bug·gi·est.

infested with bugs.
Slang. crazy; insane; peculiar.

Origin of buggy

2
First recorded in 1705–15; bug1 + -y1
Related formsbug·gi·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for buggy

Contemporary Examples of buggy

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

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    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.

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    Catching the Next WikiLeaker

    Eli Lake

    October 20, 2011

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

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    Ode to the Bookstore

    John Avlon

    October 13, 2011

  • As illustrated in this publication, we have already landed on it and driven across it in a buggy.

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    Man on the Moon

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    July 19, 2009

Historical Examples of buggy



British Dictionary definitions for buggy

buggy

1

noun plural -gies

a light horse-drawn carriage having either four wheels (esp in the US and Canada) or two wheels (esp in Britain and India)
short for beach buggy
a small motorized vehicle designed for a particular purposegolf buggy; moon buggy

Word Origin for buggy

C18: of unknown origin

buggy

2

adjective -gier or -giest

infested with bugs
US slang insane
informal (of a system or machine, esp a computer program) containing errors or faults
Derived Formsbugginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for buggy
n.

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

adj.

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

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