gold·​bug ˈgōl(d)-ˌbəg How to pronounce goldbug (audio)
: a supporter of the gold standard
: a person who invests in or hoards gold

Examples of goldbug in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Gold may not underpin the value of currencies or lure in the average investor like it once did, but the shiny yellow metal always has its supporters—and the goldbugs are flying again. Will Daniel, Fortune, 21 Mar. 2024 Peter Schiff, a goldbug investor and CEO of Euro Pacific Capital, disagrees with any comparison of Bitcoin to his beloved bullion. Robert Hackett, Fortune, 16 Mar. 2020 Paul subsequently spent most of his career as a vocal but lonely goldbug in Congress. Gwynn Guilford, Quartz, 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, 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, 4 July 2019 First, goldbugs want a hedge against an economic catastrophe or inflation. Derek Thompson, The Atlantic, 9 Dec. 2017

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Word History

First Known Use

1872, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of goldbug was in 1872

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“Goldbug.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Apr. 2024.

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