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

These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'goldbug.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.

See More

First Known Use of goldbug

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Keep scrolling for more

Learn More about goldbug

Time Traveler for goldbug

Time Traveler

The first known use of goldbug was in 1872

See more words from the same year

Statistics for goldbug

Cite this Entry

“Goldbug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 May. 2021.

Style: MLA
MLACheck Mark Icon ChicagoCheck Mark Icon APACheck Mark Icon Merriam-WebsterCheck Mark Icon

Comments on goldbug

What made you want to look up goldbug? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).


Test Your Vocabulary

Words Used by Nabokov Quiz

  • image1676440788
  • Choose the best definition or synonym for the word in bold: "There are some eructations that sound like cheers—at least, mine did." Lolita
Name That Thing

Test your visual vocabulary with our 10-question challenge!

 AlphaBear 2

Spell words. Make bears.

Love words? Need even more definitions?

Subscribe to America's largest dictionary and get thousands more definitions and advanced search—ad free!