What does bugger mean?

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. sodomite, sodomist, sod, buggerverb

    someone who engages in anal copulation (especially a male who engages in anal copulation with another male)

  2. sodomize, sodomise, buggerverb

    practice anal sex upon


  1. buggernoun

    A heretic.

  2. buggernoun

    Someone who commits buggery; a sodomite.

    The British Sexual Offences Act of 1967 is a buggers charter. (see Are judges politically correct?)

  3. buggernoun

    A foolish or worthless person or thing; a despicable person.

  4. buggernoun

    A situation that causes dismay.

    So you're stuck out in woop-woop and the next train back is Thursday next week. Well, that's a bit of a bugger.

  5. buggernoun

    Someone viewed with affection; a chap.

    How are you, you old bugger?

  6. buggernoun

    A damn, anything at all.

    I don't give a bugger how important you think it is.

  7. buggernoun

    Someone who is very fond of something

    I'm a bugger for Welsh cakes.

  8. buggernoun

    A rough synonym for whippersnapper.

    What is that little bugger up to now?

  9. buggerverb

    To be surprised.

    To be buggered sore like a hobo's whore (Attributed to Harry Mclintock's 1920s era Big Rock Candy Mountain)

  10. buggerverb

    To sodomize.

    To be buggered sore like a hobo's whore (Attributed to Harry Mclintock's 1920s era Big Rock Candy Mountain)

  11. buggerverb

    To feel contempt for some person or thing.

    This computer is buggered! Oh no! I've buggered it up.

  12. buggerverb

    To break or ruin.

    This computer is buggered! Oh no! I've buggered it up.

  13. buggerverb

    To feel frustration with something, or to consider that something is futile.

    Bugger this for a lark. Bugger this for a game of soldiers.

  14. buggerverb

    To be fatigued.

    I'm buggered from all that walking.

  15. buggerinterjection

    An expression of annoyance or displeasure.

  16. buggerinterjection

    Cutesy expression of very mild annoyance.

  17. Etymology: From bougre, from Bulgarus, used in designation of heretics to whom various unnatural practices were ascribed.


  1. bugger

    The term "bugger" can have different meanings depending on context, but generally, it is a slang term that can be used as a noun or a verb. As a noun, "bugger" is colloquially used to refer to a person, often in a playful or informal manner. It is mainly used in British or Australian English and is somewhat lighthearted, although it can also be used with negative connotations. As a verb, "bugger" is often used in British English and means to annoy, bother, or inconvenience someone. It can also refer to messing up or ruining something. Again, it is typically used in a less serious or more playful manner. It is important to note that the term "bugger" can also have vulgar connotations and be considered offensive or derogatory in certain contexts, so its usage should be considered carefully.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Buggernoun

    one guilty of buggery or unnatural vice; a sodomite

  2. Buggernoun

    a wretch; -- sometimes used humorously or in playful disparagement


  1. Bugger

    Bugger is a slang word. The term is a general-purpose expletive, used to imply dissatisfaction, or used to refer to someone or something whose behaviour is in some way displeasing. The term is used in the vernacular British English, Australian English, Canadian English, New Zealand English, South African English, Indian English, Pakistani English, Caribbean English and in Sri Lankan English. It is derived from Anglo-Norman bougre, which has also given the term buggery.

Editors Contribution

  1. buggernoun

    A Child's Nickname from England. used on English ships, that always had a buggar - to accommodate the men.

    Submitted by Connieat643 on December 11, 2021  

Surnames Frequency by Census Records


    According to the U.S. Census Bureau, Bugger is ranked #120187 in terms of the most common surnames in America.

    The Bugger surname appeared 144 times in the 2010 census and if you were to sample 100,000 people in the United States, approximately 0 would have the surname Bugger.

    95.1% or 137 total occurrences were White.

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    Rank popularity for the word 'bugger' in Written Corpus Frequency: #2997

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bugger in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bugger in Pythagorean Numerology is: 6

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