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American English: /bəɡ/
British English: /bʌɡ/

Translation of bug in Spanish:


  • 1 1.1 (biting insect) to be as snug as a bug in a rug [colloquial]
    estar en la gloria [colloquial]
    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) (esp US)
    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]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) [colloquial]
    he caught or 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.
  • 3 [colloquial] 3.1 (obsession)she got the travel bug
    le entró la fiebre de los viajes
    she was or got bitten by the travel bug
    la picó el gusanillo de los viajes
    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.
    3.2 (enthusiast) (US) a movie bug
    un cinéfilo
    un amante del cine
  • 4 (listening device) [colloquial]
    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)
    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 present participle bugging past tense, past participle bugged

  • 1
    colocar micrófonos ocultos en
    Example sentences
    • The telephone was bugged, and most of the rooms had mini microphones hidden under furniture and behind pictures.
    • They enlisted the help of a wire-tapper to bug the star's telephone and bedroom.
    • Each capability seems innocuous, but a hidden cellphone with both features can silently and automatically answer calls, establishing a radio link for bugging a room.
  • 2 (bother, irritate) stop bugging me!
    ¡deja ya de fastidiarme
    ¡deja ya de darme la lata! [colloquial]
    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]
    Example sentences
    • But that's not what really bugs me about this whole thing.
    • I know neither of them would hurt me, but it bugs me.
    • The guy's evident discomfort was starting to bug him.

intransitive verb present participle bugging past tense, past participle bugged

  • (US)
    salirse de las órbitas

Phrasal verbs

bug off

verb + adverb (US)
[colloquial]bug off!
¡lárgate! [colloquial]
¡pírate! (Spain) [colloquial]
¡pela gallo! (Mexico) [colloquial]
mándate a cambiar (Andes)
mandate mudar (Río de la Plata) [colloquial]

bug out

verb + adverb (US) [colloquial]
1 (bulge outwards)
salirse de las órbitas
his eyes practically bugged out when he saw her
se le salieron los ojos de las órbitas al verla
2 (leave quickly)
esfumarse [colloquial]
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