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)

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


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


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

Definition of bugger (Entry 3 of 3)

: a person who plants electronic bugs

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Synonyms: Noun (1)

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First Known Use of bugger

Noun (1)

1540, in the meaning defined at sense 1


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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The first known use of bugger was in 1540

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“Bugger.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bugger. Accessed 5 Jun. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of bugger

offensive : to have anal sex with (someone)
informal + impolite used as an interjection to express strong anger, surprise, etc.

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