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Definition of bug verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

     

    bug

     verb
    verb
    BrE BrE//bʌɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌɡ//
     
    Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they bug
    BrE BrE//bʌɡ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌɡ//
     
    he / she / it bugs
    BrE BrE//bʌɡz//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌɡz//
     
    past simple bugged
    BrE BrE//bʌɡd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌɡd//
     
    past participle bugged
    BrE BrE//bʌɡd//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//bʌɡd//
     
    -ing form bugging
    BrE BrE//ˈbʌɡɪŋ//
     
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈbʌɡɪŋ//
     
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  1. 1bug something to put a special device (= a bug) somewhere in order to listen secretly to other people’s conversations They bugged her hotel room. They were bugging his telephone conversations. a bugging device See related entries: Solving crime
  2. 2bug somebody (informal) to annoy or irritate somebody Stop bugging me! It's something that's been bugging me a lot recently. She’s really beginning to bug me. More Like This Consonant-doubling verbs bob, club, dub, grab, rub, sob, throb kid, nod, pad, plod, prod, shred, skid, thud beg, blog, bug, drag, drug, flag, hug, jog, log, mug, nag, plug bar, confer, infer, occur, prefer, refer, star, stir, transfer acquit, admit, allot, chat, clot, commit, jut, knit, pat, regret, rot, spot, submit (in British English:) appal, cancel, channel, control, counsel, enrol, equal, excel, fuel, fulfil, label, level, marvel, model, pedal, quarrel, signal, travelSee worksheet.
  3. Word Origin early 17th cent.: of unknown origin. Current verb senses date from the early 20th cent.Extra examples A mobile phone can be used as a bugging device even when it is switched off. She’s really beginning to bug me. This has been bugging me a lot recently. What’s the matter? Is there something bugging you?Idioms
    bug the hell/crap/shit out of somebody
     
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    (taboo, slang) to annoy somebody very much The song just bugs the hell out of me. Those two idiots bug the shit out of me.
    Phrasal Verbsbug off!bug out
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bug