Main definitions of buggy in US English:

: buggy1buggy2

buggy1

noun

  • 1A small motor vehicle, typically with an open top.

    ‘a golf buggy’
    • ‘You'll mostly find men tinkering away at the cars, buggies and bikes which are getting set for the 230 kilometre return journey down to Finke.’
    • ‘The effect is comic, like Mr Toad driving a golf buggy.’
    • ‘They scoot around in golf buggies, from beach to bar, and tennis court to treatment room.’
    • ‘Shortly, a small pile covered by an American flag was brought out in an open buggy.’
    • ‘Jack heaved himself from the well-worn seat of a golf buggy that had seen better years and grinned as his tanned wrist reached for a trusty 9-iron.’
    • ‘Somehow, the standard mode of transport, the golf buggy - everyone zips around in them - comes with a suitable edge of irony.’
    • ‘Volunteers keep our houses open, welcome visitors, drive our buggies for less mobile visitors, help out in our restaurants and shops, answer phones, run educational tours, research histories the list is endless.’
    • ‘A mock-Victorian map shows you the location of your room, while golf buggies are employed to take guests past the immaculate gardens to rooms in the five outlying lodges.’
    • ‘I was more surprised by the fact that seven of my 59 students did not know that NASA's spirit, a robot the size of a golf buggy, had made a triumphant landing on Mars.’
    • ‘I presume that by ‘scooters’ he means the 4-wheeled mobility buggies, sales of which have boomed in the last couple of years.’
    • ‘Overnight rain diminished the Monday morning crowd for golf on June 4, as no buggies were available for the wounded or super seniors who need a ride these days.’
    • ‘Police in Deland, Florida arrested Johnson after stopping him from driving on a state road in a golf buggy.’
    • ‘But thanks to his faithful buggy he can still get round the course he joined in 1977, and, as he showed, he can still grab the headlines.’
    • ‘As well as sitting on airplanes, golf buggies and sun loungers during their winter break, Rangers have enjoyed the pleasure of sitting on a three-point lead that can only have had a positive effect on morale.’
    • ‘There aren't even any cars - a golf buggy is about as much as you'll squeeze up its Toytown streets with their cluster s of sugar-cube houses.’
    • ‘After checking in, I am led to a golf buggy which chugs the few yards to my bungalow.’
    • ‘A tourist has been arrested for drink-driving in a golf buggy.’
    • ‘On the up side, my golf club have now provided me with a buggy so this weekend I can take part in the club medal match for the first time this year.’
    • ‘It's late evening in London but lunchtime in Los Angeles, and when McDowell picks up the phone he's riding a buggy down the fairway of his local golf course.’
    • ‘With over 800 trade stands there was a myriad of things to see - perhaps we should have taken one of the golf buggies to ride round the site.’
    1. 1.1historical A light, horse-drawn vehicle for one or two people, with two or four wheels.
      • ‘Imagine that all your life you've grown up in Amish country, riding horse-drawn buggies.’
      • ‘Most of us assume that the Amish deplore all modern things; after all, they travel in horse-driven buggies and shun electricity.’
      • ‘If the horse-drawn buggy is your normal means of transportation then the automobile is wondrous.’
      • ‘More Cubans rely on horse and buggies than automobiles.’
      • ‘On several occasions I passed men on horse-drawn buggies and women threshing wheat by hand.’
  • 2A stroller for a baby or young child.

    • ‘This also means buggies and shopping trolleys can be wheeled straight on and there is also a ramp for wheelchair users.’
    • ‘The centre is looking for a safe, ground floor office with access for buggies and pushchairs.’
    • ‘Yet everyday the people living in the area have to battle up its steep, gravel hill with shopping, bicycles and buggies.’
    • ‘However, this might not be suitable for the many people who come into town on their electric wheelchairs or with double buggies.’
    • ‘Cars parked in Park Road sometimes completely block access to the park and the pavement is dangerous for parents with buggies and wheelchair users.’
    • ‘Since we'd decided not to book a car at the airport, we had to wheel the luggage trolley, two buggies, three suitcases and two children across the flooded car park to the coach provided by Sunworld.’
    • ‘Buses provide easy access for wheelchairs users, parents with buggies and shoppers with trolleys.’
    • ‘Many of you have had experience of poor accessibility for pushchairs and buggies.’
    • ‘The puzzle covers more than five miles of pathways and the whole family is welcome to have a go, including those in wheelchairs and buggies.’
    • ‘For example the boot can take a child buggy and golf clubs, both items lying flat on the floor, between the rear wheel arches, without having to utilise the folding seat facility.’
    • ‘To reach the lifts that are available, you have to climb a flight of stairs, which is no use for passengers with luggage, bikes, children and buggies.’
    • ‘The extension, which is now fully up and running, includes six consulting rooms, a new meeting room, a new upstairs reception area, and a platform lift for wheelchairs and buggies.’
    • ‘One would be level for walkers, people in wheelchairs and parents with buggies, while the other would rise and fall to allow youngsters to practice jumps on their bikes or skateboards.’
    • ‘They would offer low-floor, easy access for parents with pushchairs and buggies, people in wheelchairs and the elderly, making public transport more accessible.’
    • ‘These walks have been mapped by the BBC and each one follows a family-friendly route - accessible to wheelchairs and buggies - and takes in geographical, historical and contemporary stories.’
    • ‘And on Saturday, May 1, families will be dressing up and decorating their bicycles and buggies for a fund-raising walk around the parish.’
    • ‘One woman with a twin buggy was taking up four seats while elderly people had to stand all the way.’
    • ‘The study also generated other ideas, including a continuous route along the rivers, accessible to all pedestrians, including people using wheelchairs and buggies.’
    • ‘A notice on the door proclaimed ‘Unfortunately we have no room for buggies or pushchairs’.’
    • ‘Any central island would have to be large enough to accommodate up to 15 people with their shopping trolleys, prams, buggies and young children.’

Origin

Mid 18th century: of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

buggy

/ˈbəɡi//ˈbəɡē/

Main definitions of buggy in US English:

: buggy1buggy2

buggy2

adjective

  • 1Infested with bugs.

    • ‘This is whole-grain white flint cornmeal, which would go rancid and buggy in your cupboard faster than cheese.’
    • ‘It is used for numerous outings during the hot, buggy, Dakota summers.’
    • ‘We have both experienced another, lost Florida, timeless and lovely and free, with nary a traffic jam, and miss the hell out of it, miss the balance, miss its buggy hum and its hush.’
    • ‘I had ignorantly imagined the Louisiana swamp as godforsakenly muggy, buggy, and hot.’
    • ‘In reality, I was looking for new digs, a climate healthier than the overpriced acres of buggy floodplain my wife, Kitty, and I owned.’
    1. 1.1 (of a computer program or system) faulty in operation.
      • ‘Clunky interfaces on the cameras and buggy software used to move pictures into a computer are rapidly being improved.’
      • ‘The result was the same - low usage, this time partly because of buggy software.’
      • ‘Literally millions of people would download these unfinished, buggy releases.’
      • ‘Come up with essentially better, less buggy technology’
      • ‘The buggy program examples used with the following memory debuggers can be seen in Listings 2, 3 and 4.’
      • ‘It turned out that a small bit of buggy assembly code deep in the libgcj runtime was causing a linear search of exception handling tables rather than the expected binary search.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the encyclopedia search is buggy.’
      • ‘A buggy active application might corrupt the state of a router or might harm other active applications.’
      • ‘Electronic voting has much to offer, but will we ever be able to trust these buggy machines?’
      • ‘Like many other people, I was turned off by the idea of applets, which were slow, insecure and buggy.’
      • ‘It's hard to overcome the reputation of having a buggy product.’
      • ‘Are there any real excuses for releasing a buggy game?’
      • ‘Yeah, it was Microsoft programmers who wrote the buggy code, but were they any different than most programmers at that time?’
      • ‘I had a system crash thanks to a usually-reliable program that issued a buggy upgrade.’
      • ‘People at each office complained about the software; the systems were buggy and expensive.’
      • ‘I'm certain this has been mentioned in many, many reviews thus far, but I cannot avoid mentioning just how buggy this game is.’
      • ‘This implementation of the principle of least privilege helps contain security breaches arising from buggy code, malicious code, user error and malicious users.’
      • ‘Furthermore, it could have thrown its considerable economic weight around and refused to repeatedly purchase buggy software.’
      • ‘In the past, typical translations from proprietary houses have had buggy character sets and ended up with a weird mix of English and whichever language.’
      • ‘Unfortunately, the Web front end is quite buggy when it comes to deleting and editing users.’
  • 2North American informal Crazy; insane.

    • ‘Yes, I am aware that things are buggy around here.’
    • ‘They each had a short fuse and Virginia was one of the few people — men or women — who would dare stand up to Ben when he went buggy.’
    • ‘Better to search than to just sit and think the same buggy thoughts day after day! If he kept that up he'd go buggy for sure’
    • ‘And those who think otherwise are just plain buggy.’
    • ‘Cops in Lewiston, Maine, were just trying to make a routine traffic stop when the driver went buggy, bailed out and hightailed it into the woods.’
    insane, mentally ill, certifiable, deranged, demented, of unsound mind, out of one's mind, not in one's right mind, sick in the head, not together, crazy, crazed, lunatic, non compos mentis, unbalanced, unhinged, unstable, disturbed, distracted, stark mad, manic, frenzied, raving, distraught, frantic, hysterical, delirious, psychotic, psychopathic, mad as a hatter, mad as a march hare, away with the fairies, foaming at the mouth
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Pronunciation

buggy

/ˈbəɡē//ˈbəɡi/