WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
bug1 /bʌg/USA pronunciation
n., v., bugged, bug•ging.
InsectsAlso calledtrue bug.an insect having sucking mouthparts and thickened, leathery wings in front.
Insects(loosely) any insect.
Informal TermsInformal. a disease, or the microorganism causing the disease:I've got the flu bug.
Informal Terms, Computinga defect, error, or imperfection, as in computer software:Work out the bugs in that program.
- a short-lived interest in or enthusiasm for something:He's got the sports-car bug.
Informal Termsa hidden microphone or other device used to hear or record information, etc.:planted the bug in his suspect's room.
Informal Terms[~ + object] to install a secret listening device in or on:The phone was bugged.
Informal Terms[~ + object][Informal.]to annoy or pester:Quit bugging me!
[no object] (of the eyes) to bulge:His eyes bugged out of his head.
Slang Terms bug off, [no object] Slang. to leave or depart (often used as a command):"Come here often?'' he asked from the next barstool. "Bug off!'' she answered.
- someone very enthusiastic about a certain subject; fan:Someone who is interested in photography is called a camera bug or a shutter bug.
- Idiomsput a bug in someone's ear, to give someone a subtle suggestion:put a bug in his ear to start counting up everyone's vacation days.
Collins Concise English Dictionary © HarperCollins Publishers::
bug /bʌɡ/ n
vb (bugs, bugging, bugged) informal
- any insect of the order Hemiptera, esp any of the suborder Heteroptera, having piercing and sucking mouthparts specialized as a beak (rostrum)
- chiefly US Canadian any insect, such as the June bug or the Croton bug
- informal a microorganism, esp a bacterium, that produces disease
- a disease, esp a stomach infection, caused by a microorganism
- informal an obsessive idea, hobby, etc; craze (esp in the phrases get the bug, be bitten by the bug, the bug bites, etc)
- informal a person having such a craze; enthusiast
- (often plural) informal an error or fault, as in a machine or system, esp in a computer or computer program
- informal a concealed microphone used for recording conversations, as in spying
Etymology: 16th Century: of uncertain origin; perhaps related to Old English budda beetle
- (transitive) to irritate; bother
- (transitive) to conceal a microphone in (a room, etc)
- (intransitive) US (of eyes) to protrude
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