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’
      human being, individual, man, woman, human, being, living soul, soul, mortal, creature, fellow
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    2. 1.2 An annoyingly awkward thing.
      ‘muskets are a bugger to load’
  • 2A person who penetrates the anus of someone during sexual intercourse.


[with object]British
vulgar slang
  • 1Penetrate the anus of (someone) during sexual intercourse.

  • 2often bugger someone/something about" or "bugger someone/something upCause serious harm or trouble to.

    1. 2.1bugger about/aroundno 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.

      not a thing, not a single thing, not anything, nothing at all, nil, zero
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  • 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 imperativeGo 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.