gold·​bug | \ ˈgōl(d)-ˌbəg How to pronounce goldbug (audio) \

Definition of goldbug

1 : a supporter of the gold standard
2 : a person who invests in or hoards gold

Examples of goldbug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Peter Schiff, a goldbug investor and CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, disagrees with any comparison of Bitcoin to his beloved bullion. Robert Hackett, Fortune, "If Bitcoin is a ‘safe haven’ why does it tank in times of trouble?," 16 Mar. 2020 Paul subsequently spent most of his career as a vocal but lonely goldbug in Congress. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The quiet campaign to reinstate the gold standard is getting louder," 3 July 2019 Where mainstream economists see constraint, goldbugs see discipline—a government that cannot spend beyond its means—and a hedge against corruption. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, "The quiet campaign to reinstate the gold standard is getting louder," 3 July 2019 Ever since the world left the gold standard, a die-hard band of goldbugs has demanded the U.S. return. Greg Ip, WSJ, "Judy Shelton, a Goldbug Who Bends to Fit Trump," 4 July 2019 First, goldbugs want a hedge against an economic catastrophe or inflation. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, "Is Bitcoin the Most Obvious Bubble Ever?," 9 Dec. 2017

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First Known Use of goldbug

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Goldbug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 30 May. 2020.

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