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. 1.1Used 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’
    2. 1.2An 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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  • 2Cause serious harm or trouble to.

    1. 2.1[no object]Act in a stupid or feckless way.
    2. 2.2Used 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.