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bug·​house ˈbəg-ˌhau̇s How to pronounce bughouse (audio)
informal + offensive
: mentally unsound


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plural bughouses
informal + disparaging
: an institution providing care to mentally unsound individuals

Examples of bughouse in a Sentence

Adjective anyone would go bughouse after being stuck on an airplane for 7 hours
Recent Examples on the Web
Radicalized nutballs are just starting to bubble to the surface of the national consciousness—like this tantrum-throwing buffoon, Landon Copeland, who took the hearing for his role in the January 6 attack on the Capitol as an opportunity to turn a court of law into a MAGA bughouse. Bryan Box, The New Republic, 10 Sep. 2021 At the end of Fletcher Knebel's novels, the bughouse president resigns and the coup is foiled. Charles P. Pierce, Esquire, 14 Apr. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use


1894, in the meaning defined above


1899, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of bughouse was in 1894

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“Bughouse.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bughouse. Accessed 4 Oct. 2023.

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