bughouse

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

adjective
  1. insane; crazy.

Origin of bughouse

1
1890–95, Americanism;bug1 (cf. buggy1, bugs) + house

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How to use bughouse in a sentence

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

  • You recollect I packed a flat-iron among my stuff, an' you boys joshed me about it, said I was bughouse.

    The Trail of '98 | Robert W. Service
  • Say, ladythe driver turned wearilyhave I got to suppress this crazy man you got out of the bughouse?

    Nothing But the Truth | Frederic S. Isham
  • I also heard her mumbling and calling herself "bughouse," and with the word her old head would fall humbly on her breast.

    Tramping with Tramps | Josiah Flynt
  • I did n' wan' ter ride it that night, 'cause she wuz purty bughouse, 'n' I felt she'd get ditched ef we tried it.

    Tramping with Tramps | Josiah Flynt

British Dictionary definitions for bughouse

bughouse

/ (ˈbʌɡˌhaʊs) offensive, slang, mainly US /


noun
  1. a mental hospital or asylum

adjective
  1. insane; crazy

Origin of bughouse

1
C20: from bug 1 + (mad) house

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