Synonyms of bug in English:


See definition of bug


1‘bugs were crawling everywhere’


insect, flea, mite, midge

informal creepy-crawly, beastie

British informal minibeast

2‘he went down with a stomach bug’


illness, ailment, infection, disease, disorder, sickness, affliction, malady, complaint, upset, condition, infirmity, indisposition, malaise

bacterium, germ, virus, bacillus, microorganism, microbe

British lurgy

3‘he caught the journalism bug at an early age’


obsession, enthusiasm, craze, fad, mania, rage, passion, fixation

hobby, interest, pastime


4‘the bug they planted on O'Brien's phone malfunctioned’


listening device, hidden microphone, receiver, transmitter, wire, wiretap, phone tap, tap

informal bugging device

5‘the program we used developed a bug’


fault, error, defect, flaw, imperfection, failing, breakdown


informal glitch, gremlin, snarl-up


1‘she fears that her conversations were bugged’


record, tap, listen in on, eavesdrop on, spy on, overhear

wiretap, tap, monitor, phone-tap

informal snoop on

2‘if there's one thing that really bugs me, it's trendy, middle-class liberals’


annoy, irritate, vex, make angry, make cross, anger, exasperate, irk, gall, pique, put out, displease, get someone's back up, put someone's back up, antagonize, get on someone's nerves, rub up the wrong way, ruffle, ruffle someone's feathers, make someone's hackles rise, raise someone's hackles

enrage, infuriate, madden, make someone's blood boil, drive to distraction, goad, provoke

aggravate, peeve, hassle, miff, rile, nettle, needle, get, get to, hack off, get under someone's skin, get in someone's hair, get up someone's nose, put someone's nose out of joint, get someone's goat, give someone the hump, rattle someone's cage, drive crazy, drive mad, drive round the bend, drive round the twist, drive up the wall, make someone see red

British wind up, nark, get across, get on someone's wick

North American tee off, tick off, burn up, rankle, ride, gravel, bum out

NZ rark

vulgar slang piss off

British vulgar slang get on someone's tits

dated give someone the pip, get someone's dander up

rare exacerbate, hump, rasp


please, gratify