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Random House Webster's College Dictionary

bugbʌg(n.; v.)bugged, bug•ging.

  1. Category: Entomology

    Ref: Also called true bug.

  2. (loosely) any insect or insectlike invertebrate.

    Category: Entomology

  3. Informal. any microorganism, esp. a virus:

    an intestinal bug.

    Category: Informal

  4. a defect, error, or imperfection, as in computer software.

    Category: Informal, Computers

  5. Informal. an often short-lived enthusiasm; a craze or obsession: an enthusiast; fan; hobbyist:

    He's got the sports-car bug.

    a camera bug.

    Category: Informal

  6. a hidden microphone or other electronic eavesdropping device.

    Category: Informal

  7. Horse Racing. the five-pound weight allowance that can be claimed by an apprentice jockey.

    Category: Sport

  8. (v.t.)to install a secret listening device in or on:

    The phone was bugged.

    Category: Informal

  9. annoy or pester.

    Category: Informal

  10. (v.i.)(of eyes) to bulge.

  11. bug off,Slang. to leave or depart (often used as a command).

    Category: Verb Phrase, Status (usage)

  12. bug out,Slang. to flee in panic.

    Category: Verb Phrase, Status (usage)

Idioms for bug:

  1. put a bug in someone's ear,to give someone a subtle suggestion.

    Category: Idiom

Origin of bug:

1615–25; earlier bugge beetle

Bugbug, buk(n.)

  1. a river in E central Europe, rising in W Ukraine and forming part of the boundary between Poland and Ukraine, flowing NW to the Vistula in Poland. 450 mi. (725 km) long.

    Category: Geography (places)

  2. a river in SW Ukraine, flowing SE to the Dnieper estuary. ab. 530 mi. (850 km) long.

    Category: Geography (places)

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bug(noun)

    general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate

  2. bug, glitch(noun)

    a fault or defect in a computer program, system, or machine

  3. bug(noun)

    a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly

  4. hemipterous insect, bug, hemipteran, hemipteron(noun)

    insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis

  5. microbe, bug, germ(verb)

    a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use

  6. tease, badger, pester, bug, beleaguer(verb)

    annoy persistently

    "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"

  7. wiretap, tap, intercept, bug(verb)

    tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information

    "The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"; "Is this hotel room bugged?"

Kernerman English Learner's Dictionary

  1. bug(noun)bug, buk

    an insect

    afraid of bugs

  2. bugbug, buk

    an illness

    to pick up a stomach bug

  3. bugbug, buk

    a computer or mechanical fault

    a bug in the system

  4. bugbug, buk

    a listening device for spying

    a bug in the room

  5. bug(verb)bug, buk

    to annoy sb

    Stop bugging me.

  6. bugbug, buk

    to spy on sb with a listening device

    He was certain he was being bugged.


  1. bug(Noun)

    An insect of the order Hemiptera (the "true bugs").

  2. bug(Noun)

    Any insect, arachnid, or other terrestrial arthropod that is a pest.

    These flies are a bother. Iu2019ll get some bug spray and kill them.

  3. bug(Noun)

    Various species of marine crustaceans; e.g. a Morton Bay bug.

  4. bug(Noun)

    A problem that needs fixing, especially in computing.

    The software bug led the computer to calculate 2 plus 2 as 5.

  5. bug(Noun)

    A contagious illness; a bacterium or virus causing it

    Heu2019s got the flu bug.

  6. bug(Noun)

    An enthusiasm for something; an obsession

  7. bug(Noun)

    An electronic intercept device

    We installed a bug in her telephone

  8. bug(Noun)

    A small and and usually invisible file (traditionally a single-pixel image) on a World Wide Web page, primarily used to track users.

    He suspected the image was a web bug used for determining who was visiting the site.

  9. bug(Noun)

    A small, usually transparent or translucent image placed in a corner of a television program to indicate what network or cable channel is televising it

    Channel 4's bug distracted Jim from his favorite show

  10. bug(Verb)

    To annoy.

    Donu2019t bug me, Iu2019m busy!

  11. bug(Verb)

    To install an electronic listening device or devices in.

    We need to know whatu2019s going on. Weu2019ll bug his house.

  12. bug(Noun)

    A manually positioned marker in flight instruments

  13. bug(Noun)

    A semi-automated telegraph key

  14. bug(Noun)

    The HIV.

  15. Bug(ProperNoun)

    the Bug River, flowing northwest 450 mi. between Belarus and Poland.

  16. Bug(ProperNoun)

    the Bug River in the Ukraine, flowing 530 mi. to the Dnieper estuary.

  17. Origin: 1620 (referring to a bedbug); from earlier bugge 'beetle', conflation of (1) bugge 'scarecrow, hobgoblin', from bugja- 'swollen up, thick' (cf. Norwegian bugge 'big man', Low German dialect Bögge 'goblin, snot'); and (2) budde 'beetle', from Old English -budda (cf. scearnbudda 'dung beetle'), from buddōn (compare Low German Budde 'louse, grub', Norwegian budda 'newborn domestic animal'). More at bud.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bug(noun)

    a bugbear; anything which terrifies

  2. Bug(noun)

    a general name applied to various insects belonging to the Hemiptera; as, the squash bug; the chinch bug, etc

  3. Bug(noun)

    an insect of the genus Cimex, especially the bedbug (C. lectularius). See Bedbug

  4. Bug(noun)

    one of various species of Coleoptera; as, the ladybug; potato bug, etc.; loosely, any beetle

  5. Bug(noun)

    one of certain kinds of Crustacea; as, the sow bug; pill bug; bait bug; salve bug, etc

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. bug

    An unwanted and unintended property of a program or piece of hardware, esp. one that causes it to malfunction. Antonym of feature. Examples: “There's a bug in the editor: it writes things out backwards.” “The system crashed because of a hardware bug.” “Fred is a winner, but he has a few bugs” (i.e., Fred is a good guy, but he has a few personality problems).

The Standard Electrical Dictionary

  1. Bug

    Any fault or trouble in the connections or working of electric apparatus.


  1. Bug!

    Bug! is a 3D rendered platform/adventure video game developed by Realtime Associates for the Sega Saturn. Released in 1995 in North America, Japan and Europe, it was one of the earliest 3D platform games. It was later ported to Windows 3.x and Windows 95 on August 31, 1996 by Beam Software, on one CD that contains both versions of the game.

Anagrams of BUG

  1. gub

Translations for BUG

Kernerman English Multilingual Dictionary


an insect that lives in dirty houses and beds

a bedbug.

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