bughouse

[ buhg-hous ]
/ ˈbʌgˌhaʊs /
Slang.

noun, plural bug·hous·es [buhg-hou-ziz] /ˈbʌgˌhaʊ zɪz/.

an insane asylum.

adjective

insane; crazy.

Origin of bughouse

1890–95, Americanism; bug1 (cf. buggy2, bugs) + house
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British Dictionary definitions for bughouse

bughouse

/ (ˈbʌɡˌhaʊs) offensive, slang, mainly US /

noun

a mental hospital or asylum

adjective

insane; crazy

Word Origin for bughouse

C20: from bug 1 + (mad) house
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Word Origin and History for bughouse

bughouse


1902 (n.) "insane asylum;" 1891 (adj.) "insane," from bug (n.) + house (n.); perhaps originally tramps' slang.

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