Definition of bugger noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈbʌɡə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌɡər//
    (British English, taboo, slang)
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  1. 1an offensive word used to insult somebody, especially a man, and to show anger or dislike Come here, you little bugger! You stupid bugger! You could have run me over! Don’t let the buggers get you down.
  2. 2used to refer to a person, especially a man, that you like or feel sympathy for Poor bugger! His wife left him last week. He's a tough old bugger. You daft bugger!
  3. 3[usually singular] a thing that is difficult or causes problems This door's a bugger to open. Question 6 is a real bugger. It’s a bugger trying to remember the lines.
  4. Word OriginMiddle English (originally denoting a heretic): from Middle Dutch, from Old French bougre ‘heretic’, from medieval Latin Bulgarus ‘Bulgarian’, particularly one belonging to the Orthodox Church and therefore regarded as a heretic by the Roman Church. The sense ‘sodomite’ (16th cent.) arose from an association of heresy with forbidden sexual practices; its use as a general insult dates from the early 18th cent.Idioms (British English, informal) to behave in a stupid and annoying way Stop playing silly buggers and give me a hand with this!