Definition of bugger in English:



vulgar slang
  • 1Used as a term of abuse, especially for a man.

    scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer
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    1. 1.1 Used as a term of affection or respect, typically grudgingly:
      ‘I just hope you didn't hurt the poor bugger’
      ‘all right, let the little buggers come in’
      person, individual, creature, fellow, man, woman
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    2. 1.2 An annoyingly awkward thing:
      ‘muskets are a bugger to load’
  • 2derogatory A person who penetrates the anus of someone during sexual intercourse.

    wretch, unfortunate, creature, soul, person, fellow
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vulgar slang
  • 1Penetrate the anus of (someone) during sexual intercourse.

    wreck, ruin, spoil, disrupt, undo, upset, play havoc with, make a mess of, put an end to, end, bring to an end, put a stop to, terminate, prevent, frustrate, blight, crush, quell, quash, dash, scotch, shatter, vitiate, blast, devastate, demolish, sabotage, torpedo
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  • 2often bugger someone/thing about or 'up'Cause serious harm or trouble to.

    1. 2.1bugger about/around[no object] Act in a stupid or feckless way.
    2. 2.2 Used to express an angrily dismissive attitude to (someone or something).


vulgar slang
  • Used to express annoyance or anger.


  • bugger all

    • vulgar slang Nothing.

  • bugger me

    • vulgar slang Used to express surprise or amazement.

  • i'm buggered if ——

    • vulgar slang Used to make the following clause negative.

  • not give a bugger

    • vulgar slang Not care in the slightest.

  • play silly buggers

    • vulgar slang Act in a foolish way.

  • well, i'm (or i'll be) buggered

    • vulgar slang Used to express one's amazement at something.

Phrasal Verbs

  • bugger off

    • [usually in imperative]Go away.

      go away, depart, leave, take off, get out, get out of my sight
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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.