firebug

[ fahyuh r-buhg ]
/ ˈfaɪərˌbʌg /

noun Informal.

arsonist; incendiary; pyromaniac.

Nearby words

  1. firebox,
  2. firebrand,
  3. firebrat,
  4. firebreak,
  5. firebrick,
  6. firebush,
  7. firecracker,
  8. firecracker flower,
  9. firecrest,
  10. firedamp

Origin of firebug

An Americanism dating back to 1870–75; fire + bug1

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British Dictionary definitions for firebug

firebug

/ (ˈfaɪəˌbʌɡ) /

noun

informal a person who deliberately sets fire to property
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Word Origin and History for firebug

firebug

n.

"arsonist," 1872, from fire (n.) + bug (n.).

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