Origin of bugs
- a person who has a great enthusiasm for something; fan or hobbyist: a hi-fi bug.
- a craze or obsession: He's got the sports-car bug.
- a hidden microphone or other electronic eavesdropping device.
- any of various small mechanical or electrical gadgets, as one to influence a gambling device, give warning of an intruder, or indicate location.
verb (used with object), bugged, bug·ging. Informal.
Origin of bug1
Synonyms for bug
Origin of bug2
Related Words for bugsmicrobe, virus, disease, infection, germ, pest, ant, flea, beetle, breakdown, flaw, defect, failure, error, trouble, problem, annoy, harass, pester, irk
Examples from the Web for bugs
Contemporary Examples of bugs
Grizzlies lick them up by the thousands, and the media has made a big deal out of Yellowstone bears eating these bugs.What It Takes to Kill a Grizzly Bear
November 23, 2014
“I started Exo with the mission to normalize consumption of bugs” says Gabi Lewis, co-founder of Exo Protein.Is Cricket Flour the New Protein Powder?
November 21, 2014
The bugs are so loud that stepping into the darkness feels like being surrounded by an enormous, pulsing heart.An Author at Home in Lonely Landscapes
July 11, 2014
In the way of Aeneas, Bugs was possessed by a revelatory calling to found a great city.The Stacks: Harold Conrad Was Many Things, But He Was Never, Ever Dull
March 8, 2014
DJ Premier or Pete Rock would have never allowed the Obamacare website to be unveiled before the bugs were worked out.President Obama Needs Kanye West
December 26, 2013
Historical Examples of bugs
Cap'ns are plenty as June bugs, but Majors and Gen'rals are scarce.The Depot Master
Joseph C. Lincoln
Got so they kind of swarmed first of every summer, like June bugs.Shavings
Joseph C. Lincoln
Bugs was short and fat with a round beaming face and a quick smile.A Yankee Flier Over Berlin
As for bugs and their natural antidotes, he knew them like a book.The Prisoner
Bugs and germs and things like that: they're interesting to us: some of them are too interesting.The Book of the Damned
- a microorganism, esp a bacterium, that produces disease
- a disease, esp a stomach infection, caused by a microorganism
verb bugs, bugging or bugged informal
Word Origin for bug
Word Origin for bug
"insect," 1620s (earliest reference is to bedbugs), of unknown origin, probably but not certainly from or influenced by Middle English bugge "something frightening, scarecrow" (late 14c.), a meaning obsolete since the "insect" sense arose except in bugbear (1570s) and bugaboo (q.v.).
Probably connected with Scottish bogill "goblin, bugbear," or obsolete Welsh bwg "ghost, goblin" (cf. Welsh bwgwl "threat," earlier "fear," Middle Irish bocanách "supernatural being"). Some speculate that these words are from a root meaning "goat" (see buck (n.1)) and represent originally a goat-like spectre. Cf. also bogey (n.1) and German bögge, böggel-mann "goblin." Perhaps influenced in meaning by Old English -budda used in compounds for "beetle" (cf. Low German budde "louse, grub," Middle Low German buddech "thick, swollen").
In the United States bug is not confined, as in England, to the domestic pest, but is applied to all insects of the Coleoptera order, which includes what in this country are generally called beetles. [Farmer & Henley, "Dictionary of Slang and Colloquial English," 1912 abridged edition]
Meaning "defect in a machine" (1889) may have been coined c.1878 by Thomas Edison (perhaps with the notion of an insect getting into the works). Meaning "person obsessed by an idea" (e.g. firebug) is from 1841, perhaps from notion of persistence. Sense of "microbe, germ" is from 1919. Bugs "crazy" is from c.1900. Bug juice as a slang name for drink is from 1869, originally "bad whiskey." The 1811 slang dictionary has bug-hunter "an upholsterer." Bug-word "word or words meant to irritate and vex" is from 1560s.
"to bulge, protrude," 1872, originally of eyes, perhaps from a humorous or dialect mispronunciation of bulge (v.). Related: Bugged; bugging. As an adjective, bug-eyed recorded from 1872; so commonly used of space creatures in mid-20c. science fiction that the initialism BEM for bug-eyed monster was current by 1953.
"to annoy, irritate," 1949, probably from bug (n.) and a reference to insect pests. Sense of "equip with a concealed microphone" is from 1919. Related: Bugged; bugging.
Usage: The word bug is often used to refer to tiny creatures that crawl along, such as insects and even small animals that are not insects, such as spiders and millipedes. But for scientists the word has a much narrower meaning. In the strictest terms bugs are those insects that have mouthparts adapted for piercing and sucking. The mouthparts of these bugs are contained in a beak-shaped structure. Thus scientists would classify a louse but not a beetle or a cockroach as a bug. In fact, scientists often call lice and their relatives true bugs to distinguish them better from what everyone else calls bugs.
A generic term that describes a malfunction of undetermined origin in a computer or other electronic device.
In addition to the idioms beginning with bug
- bug off
- bug out
- cute as a button (bug's ear)
- put a bug in someone's ear
- snug as a bug in a rug
- what's eating (bugging) you