bugger

noun (1)
bug·​ger | \ ˈbə-gər How to pronounce bugger (audio) , ˈbu̇-gər How to pronounce bugger (audio) \

Definition of bugger

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 : sodomite
2a : a worthless person : rascal
b : fellow, chap
3 : a small or annoying thing put down my keys and now I can't find the buggers

bugger

verb
bug·​ger | \ ˈbə-gər How to pronounce bugger (audio) \
buggered; buggering; buggers

Definition of bugger (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

1 usually vulgar : to commit sodomy with
2 : damn
3 : to put into disorder : bungle, botch often used with up

bugger

noun (2)
bug·​ger | \ ˈbə-gər How to pronounce bugger (audio) \

Definition of bugger (Entry 3 of 3)

: a person who plants electronic bugs

First Known Use of bugger

Noun (1)

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1560, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1955, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bugger

Noun (1)

Middle English bougre heretic, from Anglo-French bugre, from Medieval Latin Bulgarus, literally, Bulgarian; from the association of Bulgaria with the Bogomils, who were accused of sodomy

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