WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2019
bug•ger1 /ˈbʌgɚ, ˈbʊg-/USA pronunciation   n. 
  1. Informal TermsInformal.(used to express affection, or to show anger or contempt) a fellow or lad:He's a cute little bugger.
  2. Informal TermsInformal. any object or thing:See if this little bugger fits in the slot.
  3. Slang Terms, British TermsChiefly Brit. Slang.
    • a despicable person, esp. a man.
    • an annoying thing.

  1. Slang Terms, British Terms Chiefly Brit. Slang. to cause problems for, esp. by deceiving:[+ object]This little gadget is buggering the works.
  2. Slang Terms, British Terms bugger off, [no object][Chiefly Brit. Slang.] bug (def. 10): told me to bugger off.

bug•ger2 /ˈbʌgɚ/USA pronunciation  n. [countable]
  • a person who installs electronic eavesdropping devices.

  • WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2019
    bug•ger1  (bugər, bŏŏg-),USA pronunciation n. 
    1. Informal Termsa fellow or lad (used affectionately or abusively):a cute little bugger.
    2. Informal Termsany object or thing.
    3. Slang Terms[Often Vulgar.]a sodomite.
    4. Slang Terms, British Terms[Chiefly Brit. Slang.]
      • a despicable or contemptible person, esp. a man.
      • an annoying or troublesome thing, situation, etc.

    1. Slang Terms[Often Vulgar.]to sodomize.
    2. Slang Termsdamn:Bugger the cost--I want the best.
    3. Slang Terms, British Terms[Chiefly Brit. Slang.]to trick, deceive, or take advantage of.
    4. Slang Terms, British Terms, Slang Termsbugger up, [Chiefly Brit. Slang.] to ruin;

    1. Slang Terms, British Terms, Slang Termsbugger off, [Chiefly Brit. Slang.] to depart;
      bug off.
    • Medieval Latin Bulgarus heretic, literally, Bulgarian, by association of the Balkans with heretical sects such as the Bogomils and their alleged deviant sexual practices; def. 1 perh. by reanalysis as bug1 or bug2 + -er1 (compare booger)
    • Anglo-French bugre
    • Middle English bougre 1300–50

    bug•ger2  (bugər),USA pronunciation 
  • a person who installs a hidden listening device.
  • [1965–70;
    bug1 + -er1]

    Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::

    bugger /ˈbʌɡə/ n
    1. a person who practises buggery
    2. slang a person or thing considered to be contemptible, unpleasant, or difficult
    3. slang a humorous or affectionate term for a man or child: a silly old bugger, a friendly little bugger
    4. bugger allslang nothing
    1. to practise buggery (with)
    2. (transitive) slang chiefly Brit to ruin, complicate, or frustrate
    3. slang to tire; weary
    1. slang an exclamation of annoyance or disappointment
    Etymology: 16th Century: from Old French bougre, from Medieval Latin Bulgarus Bulgarian; from the condemnation of the dualist heresy rife in Bulgaria from the tenth century to the fifteenth

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