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noun, plural bug·hous·es [buhg-hou-ziz] /ˈbʌgˌhaʊ zɪz/.
  1. an insane asylum.
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  1. insane; crazy.
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Origin of bughouse

1890–95, Americanism; bug1 (cf. buggy2, bugs) + house
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Related Words for bughouse

sanitarium, bedlam, madhouse, bughouse, nuthouse, sanatorium, asylum

Examples from the Web for bughouse

Historical Examples of bughouse

  • Gerald was bughouse on a gambling proposition, across the Mexican line.

    Owen Clancy's Happy Trail

    Burt L. Standish

  • He says you know what he wants to be, and that you think he's bughouse.

  • By 'n' by I heerd it agen,—'Bughouse—flyin' mail—blokey,'—an' agen I lost 'er.

  • The lower end of the two ranges is designated "bughouse row."

  • I bet its that Bughouse Johnny the boys have chased two or three times.

British Dictionary definitions for bughouse


  1. a mental hospital or asylum
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  1. insane; crazy
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Word Origin for bughouse

C20: from bug 1 + (mad) house
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for bughouse

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

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