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

Definition of bugger in English:


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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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.


bugger all

Pronunciation: /ˌbʌɡər ˈɔːl/

bugger me


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.

Words that rhyme with bugger

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

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