Definition of bugger in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbʌɡə/
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.


[with object]
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).


(also buggeration)
Used to express annoyance or anger.



bugger all

Pronunciation: /ˌbʌɡər ˈɔːl/
vulgar slang, chiefly British Nothing.

bugger me

vulgar slang, chiefly British Used to express surprise or amazement.

I'm buggered if ——

vulgar slang, chiefly British Used to make the following clause negative.

not give a bugger

vulgar slang, chiefly British Not care in the slightest.

play silly buggers

vulgar slang, chiefly British Act in a foolish way.

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

vulgar slang, chiefly British Used to express one’s amazement at something.

Phrasal verbs

bugger off

[usually in imperative] vulgar slang, chiefly British 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.

  • A bugger was originally a heretic—this was the meaning of Old French bougre. The word ultimately comes from Bulgarus, which was the Latin term for a Bulgarian, in particular one who belonged to the Orthodox Church, which was regarded by the Roman Catholic Church as heretical. Bugger was first used in English in reference to members of a heretical Christian sect based in Albi in southern France in the 12th and 13th centuries, the Albigensians. The sexual use of the term arose in the 16th century from an association of heresy with forbidden sexual practices.

Words that rhyme with bugger

hugger, lugger, mugger, plugger, rugger, slugger, Srinagar, tugger

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