- 1 • informal A harmful microorganism, typically a bacterium: their ham was found to be contaminated with food bugsMore 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.
- 1.1An illness caused by a microorganism: he’d just recovered 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.
- 1.2 [with modifier] An enthusiastic interest in something: they caught the sailing 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.
- 2chiefly North American A small insect: a thick green scum which crawls with bugs, centipedes, and worseMore 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.
- 3 (also true bug) Entomology An insect of a large order distinguished by having mouthparts that are modified for piercing and sucking.
More example sentences
- 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.
- 4A concealed miniature microphone, used for secret eavesdropping or recording: they cleaned out the bugs and wiretapsMore 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.
- 5An error in a computer program or system: a custom program we used developed a bugMore 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 eavesdrop on or record someone’s conversations secretly: 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 eavesdrop on (a conversation) using a concealed microphone: she fears that her conversations were buggedMore 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: I assumed you’d come to tell me to bug offMore 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.
- 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.
- 2North American • informal Bulge outwards: men’s eyes bug out when she walks pastMore example sentences
- I am also presently shopping around at the Buy and Sell webpage for a phone, and my eyes are bugging out at the prices.
- Nath sucked down some flaming blue cocktail and his eyes bugged out.
- I have printed it out so I can read it without my eyes bugging out.
early 17th century: of unknown origin. Current verb senses date from the early 20th century.