- 1chiefly North American A small insect.More example sentences
- I observed small creatures: ants, bugs, moths, worms, all working their ways, digging in and out of the soil.
- In the middle of the reproductive period most bugs carry eggs.
- Tiny bugs crawled along the bark of ancient-looking trees.
- 1.1 • informal A harmful microorganism, as a bacterium or virus.More example sentences
- The saline solution means that any harmful bugs, viruses or bacteria cannot survive, so it is completely hygienic.
- An angry mother has hit out at the state of Central Park Swimming Pool after the council closed it following the discovery of the killer lung bug legionella.
- There were all sort of staph bugs in there tromping on the heart valves.
- 1.2An illness caused by a harmful microorganism such as a bacterium or virus: suffering from a flu bugMore example sentences
- Bill Edmunds noticed that his young son seemed always to get a tummy bug right after his teeth had been painted with fluoride.
- They say it's a virus and possibly one of those 24-hour flu bugs.
- One shot may be all your family needs to ward off the flu bug.
- 1.3 [with modifier] • informal An enthusiastic, almost obsessive, interest in something: they caught the sailing bug Joe was bitten by the showbiz bugMore example sentences
- When the gardening bug bites you, it usually happens around this time of year - and there will never be a better time than now to start.
- And now even Pidí himself has caught the ice hockey bug.
- Yes, the spring cleaning bug has bitten and God help anyone getting in my way.
- 2 (also true bug) Entomology An insect of a large order distinguished by having mouthparts that are modified for piercing and sucking.
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- Order Hemiptera: see Hemiptera
- The insect families that scientists lump together as aphids belong to the huge order of true bugs, which typically deploy sucking mouthparts much like built-in soda straws.
- The Permian saw the appearance of stoneflies, true bugs, beetles, and caddisflies, among other groups.
- Worldwide, stilt bugs are a relatively small group of unusual hemipterans, or true bugs, in the family Berytidae.
- 3A miniature microphone, typically concealed in a room or telephone, used for surveillance.More example sentences
- That, according to sources, is a strong indication that it was the FBI's bug and they were the ones that put it there in the first place.
- Other figures, including LBJ and Martin Luther King are observed vicariously through wire taps or electronic bugs.
- He only had the director's word for it that the room was clean of bugs.
- 4An error in a computer program or system.More example sentences
- Worse, it is theoretically impossible to determine whether computer systems are free from programming bugs or nefarious code.
- The game also plays host to a wide array of gameplay bugs and glitches.
- Well, applications are prone to all types of problems, bugs, and errors.
verb (bugs, bugging, bugged)[with object] Back to top
- 1Conceal a miniature microphone in (a room or telephone) in order to monitor or record someone’s conversations: the telephones in the presidential palace were buggedMore example sentences
- The telephone was bugged, and most of the rooms had mini microphones hidden under furniture and behind pictures.
- They enlisted the help of a wire-tapper to bug the star's telephone and bedroom.
- Each capability seems innocuous, but a hidden cellphone with both features can silently and automatically answer calls, establishing a radio link for bugging a room.
- 1.1Record or monitor (a conversation) by concealing a microphone in a room or telephone.More example sentences
- Short herself suspected her own conversations with him were bugged by spies, even while she was conducting them.
- Fair enough security and all that but they, whoever they were, were just as likely to bug the office as to bug their phone calls.
- He is suspected of having reported the bugged conversations to his superiors on a regular basis.
- 2 • informal Annoy or bother (someone): a persistent reporter was bugging meMore example sentences
- But that's not what really bugs me about this whole thing.
- I know neither of them would hurt me, but it bugs me.
- The guy's evident discomfort was starting to bug him.
- North American • informal Go away.More example sentences
- She politely told him to bug off and returned to the breakfast table to finish the comics.
- Why couldn't I just have told Van to bug off and that I'm not interested in getting to know him?
- I wanted to resolve things with Carter… but I wanted to tell him to bug off at the same time.
bug out • informal
- 1Leave quickly: if you see enemy troops, bug outMore example sentences
- Once there, he claimed purple hearts for every scratch, and bugged out as quickly as humanly possible.
- Clearly, there's a whole lot going on inside the museum, but perhaps it's best that some doors stay closed: watching some of the action might just cause people to bug out.
- It was only motherly intervention that convinced her to bug out.
early 17th century: of unknown origin. Current verb senses date from the early 20th century.