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Pronunciation: /bʌg/

Translation of bug in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (biting insect) chinche (feminine) or (masculine) to be as snug as a bug in a rug [colloquial/familiar] estar* en la gloria [colloquial/familiar]
    Example sentences
    • 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.
    1.2 (any insect) (especially American English/especialmente inglés norteamericano) bicho (masculine)
    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.
  • 2 (germ, disease) [colloquial/familiar] it's a flu bug that's going around es algo or un virus que anda por ahí, es una peste que anda por ahí (Latin America/América Latina) [colloquial/familiar] he caught o picked up a stomach bug se agarró algo al estómago
    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.
    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.
    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.
  • 3 [colloquial/familiar] 3.1 (obsession) she got the travel bug le entró la fiebre de los viajes she was o got bitten by the travel bug la picó el gusanillo de los viajes 3.2 (enthusiast) (American English/inglés norteamericano) a movie bug un cinéfilo, un amante del cine
  • 4 (listening device) [colloquial/familiar] micrófono (masculine) oculto
    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.
  • 5 (fault) problema (masculine)
    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.

transitive verb/verbo transitivo (-gg-)

  • 1 [room/telephone] colocar* micrófonos ocultos en
  • 2 (bother, irritate) fastidiar stop bugging me! ¡deja ya de fastidiarme or [colloquial/familiar] de darme la lata! it really bugs me when you do that me saca de quicio que hagas eso what's bugging you? ¿qué mosca te ha picado? [colloquial/familiar]

intransitive verb/verbo intransitivo (-gg-)

  • (American English/inglés norteamericano) [eyes] salirse* de las órbitas

Phrasal verbs

bug off

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (American English/inglés norteamericano)
[colloquial/familiar] bug off! ¡lárgate! [colloquial/familiar], ¡pírate! (Spain/España) [colloquial/familiar], ¡pela gallo! (Mexico/México) [colloquial/familiar], mándate a cambiar (Andes) , mandate mudar (River Plate area/Río de la Plata) [colloquial/familiar]

bug out

verb + adverb/verbo + adverbio (American English/inglés norteamericano) [colloquial/familiar]
(bulge outwards) [eyes] salirse* de las órbitas his eyes practically bugged out when he saw her se le salieron los ojos de las órbitas al verla 1.1 (leave quickly) esfumarse [colloquial/familiar]

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