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Syllabification: bug·ger
Pronunciation: /ˈbəɡər
, ˈbo͝oɡər
vulgar slang , chiefly British

Definition of bugger in English:


1A contemptible or pitied person, typically a man.
1.1Used as a term of affection or respect, typically grudgingly: all right, let the little buggers come in
2 derogatory A person who commits buggery.


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Penetrate the anus of (someone) during sexual intercourse; sodomize.


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Middle English (originally denoting a heretic, specifically an Albigensian): from Middle Dutch, from Old French bougre, originally in the sense '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 Compare with Bulgar.

Phrasal verbs

bugger off

[usually in imperative] Go away.

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