Definition of bugger in US 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.
      ‘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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  • 2A person who penetrates the anus of someone during sexual intercourse.


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


vulgar slang
  • Used to express annoyance or anger.

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.