Definition of bugger in English:


Line breaks: bug¦ger
Pronunciation: /ˈbʌgə
vulgar slang , chiefly British


  • 1 [with adjective] Used as a term of abuse, especially for a man.
  • 1.1Used to refer to a person, typically a man, for whom one feels pity or respect.
  • 1.2An annoyingly awkward thing.
  • 2 derogatory A person who commits buggery.


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  • 1Penetrate the anus of (someone) during sexual intercourse.
  • 2 (often bugger someone/thing about) Cause serious harm or trouble to.
  • 2.1 [no object] (bugger about/around) Act in a stupid or feckless way.
  • 2.2Used to express an angrily dismissive attitude to (someone or something).


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  • Used to express annoyance or anger.


bugger all


bugger me

Used to express surprise or amazement.

I'm buggered if ——

Used to make the following clause negative.

not give a bugger

Not care in the slightest.

play silly buggers

Act in a foolish way.

well, I'm (or I'll be) buggered

Used to express one’s amazement at something.

Phrasal verbs

bugger off

[usually in imperative] Go away.


Middle English (originally denoting a heretic, specifically an Albigensian): 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 century) arose from an association of heresy with forbidden sexual practices; its use as a general insult dates from the early 18th century.

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