WordReference Random House Learner's Dictionary of American English © 2015
bug1 /bʌg/USA pronunciation
n., v., bugged, bug•ging. WordReference Random House Unabridged Dictionary of American English © 2015
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.
(bug), n., v., bugged, bug•ging.
InsectsAlso called true bug, hemipteran, hemipteron. a hemipterous insect.
Insects(loosely) any insect or insectlike invertebrate.
Informal Terms[Informal.]any microorganism, esp. a virus:He was laid up for a week by an intestinal bug.
Informal Terms, Computing[Informal.]a defect or imperfection, as in a mechanical device, computer program, or plan; glitch:The test flight discovered the bugs in the new plane.
- 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.
a mark, as an asterisk, that indicates a particular item, level, etc.
Sport[Horse Racing.]the five-pound weight allowance that can be claimed by an apprentice jockey.
Telecommunicationsa telegraph key that automatically transmits a series of dots when moved to one side and one dash when moved to the other.
Games[Poker Slang.]a joker that can be used only as an ace or as a wild card to fill a straight or a flush.
[Print.]a label printed on certain matter to indicate that it was produced by a union shop.
Sportany of various fishing plugs resembling an insect.
British Terms[Chiefly Brit.]a bedbug.
Idiomsput a bug in someone's ear, to give someone a subtle suggestion; hint:We put a bug in his ear about a new gymnasium.
Informal Termsto install a secret listening device in (a room, building, etc.) or on (a telephone or other device):The phone had been bugged.
Informal Termsto bother; annoy;
- any of various small mechanical or electrical gadgets, as one to influence a gambling device, give warning of an intruder, or indicate location.
pester:She's bugging him to get her into show business.
bug off, [Slang.]to leave or depart, esp. rapidly:I can't help you, so bug off.
Slang Termsbug out, [Slang.]to flee in panic;
show panic or alarm.
16 . nag, badger, harass, plague, needle.
(bug), n. [Obs.]
1885–90 for def. 4;
1910–15 for def. 5a;
1915–20 for def. 15;
1945–50 for def. 16;
earlier bugge beetle, apparently alteration of Middle English budde, Old English -budda beetle;
sense "leave'' obscurely related to other senses and perh. of distinct origin, originally
(bug; Pol., Russ. bo̅o̅k), n.
- Welsh bwg ghost
- Middle English bugge scarecrow, demon, perh. 1350–1400
- Place Namesa river in E central Europe, rising in W Ukraine and forming part of the boundary between Poland and Ukraine, flowing NW to the Vistula River in Poland. 450 mi. (725 km) long.
- Place Namesa river in SW Ukraine flowing SE to the Dnieper estuary. ab. 530 mi. (850 km) long.
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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