Translation of bug in Spanish:


Pronunciation: /bʌg/


  • 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]
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    • 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)
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    • 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
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    • 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.
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    • 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.
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    • 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
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    • 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)
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    • 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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Spain had three civil wars known as the guerras carlistas (1833-39, 1860, 1872-76). When Fernando VII died in 1833, he was succeeded not by his brother the Infante Don Carlos de Borbón, but by his daughter Isabel, under the regency of her mother María Cristina. This provoked a mainly northern-Spanish revolt, with local guerrillas pitted against the forces of the central government. The Carlist Wars were also a confrontation between conservative rural Catholic Spain, especially the Basque provinces and Aragón, led by the carlistas, and the progressive liberal urban middle classes allied with the army. Carlos died in 1855, but the carlistas, representing political and religious traditionalism, supported his descendants' claims until reconciliation in 1977 with King Juan Carlos.