interj. 1 (context slang British Australia New Zealand coarse English) An expression of annoyance or displeasure. 2 (context slang US euphemistic rare English) Cutesy expression of very mild annoyance. n. 1 (context obsolete English) A heretic. 2 (context British legal English) Someone who commits buggery; a sodomite. 3 (context slang pejorative UK Australian NZ English) A foolish or worthless person or thing; a despicable person. 4 (context slang UK Australian NZ English) A situation that causes dismay. 5 (context slang UK Australian NZ English) Someone viewed with affection; a chap. 6 (context slang dated English) A damn, anything at all. 7 (context slang British English) Someone who is very fond of something 8 (context slang USA - West English) A rough synonym for whippersnapper. vb. 1 (context vulgar British English) To sodomize. 2 (context slang coarse in British English) To break or ruin.
Bugger is a slang word. The term is a general-purpose expletive, used to imply dissatisfaction, or to refer to someone or something whose behaviour is in some way displeasing or perhaps surprising.
The term is used in the vernacular British English, Australian English, Canadian English, New Zealand English, South African English, Indian English, Pakistani English, Caribbean English, Malaysian English and in Sri Lankan English.
Bugger is a slang expletive used in vernacular English. Bugger may also refer to:
- Buggery, a legal term for unlawful anal sex
- Buggers, a derogatory term for the Formics, an insectoid alien species in the Ender's Game series of novels
- Bugger Off!, 1972 album by Stack Waddy
- Cheeky Bugger, song by Len from the 1999 album You Can't Stop the Bum Rush
Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary
"sodomite," 1550s, earlier "heretic" (mid-14c.), from Medieval Latin Bulgarus "a Bulgarian" (see Bulgaria), so called from bigoted notions of the sex lives of Eastern Orthodox Christians or of the sect of heretics that was prominent there 11c. Compare Old French bougre "Bulgarian," also "heretic; sodomite." Softened secondary sense of "fellow, chap," is in British English from mid-19c. Related: Buggerly.
to commit buggery," 1590s, from bugger (n.). Meaning "ruin, spoil" is from 1923. Related: Buggered; buggering.
The Collaborative International Dictionary
Bugger \Bug"ger\, n. [F. bougre, fr. LL. Bulgarus, a Bulgarian, and also a heretic; because the inhabitants of Bulgaria were infected with heresy. Those guilty of the crime of buggery were called heretics, because in the eyes of their adversaries there was nothing more heinous than heresy, and it was therefore thought that the origin of such a vice could only be owing to heretics.]
One guilty of buggery or unnatural vice; a sodomite.
A wretch; -- sometimes used humorously or in playful disparagement. [Low]
Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
Usage examples of "bugger".
No one had ever handled anything as high as astatine before, and there were eighty-five of the little buggers to worry about.
Bernard Barker shifts nervously as in right-angular time a future president metamorphoses the plumbers into the cesspool cleaners: but now, inside the Watergate, the Illuminati bug is unnoticed by those planting the CREEP bug, although both were subsequently found by the technicians installing the BUGGER bug.
Once you snag some fleas in the comb, dip them in a glass of water mixed with rubbing alcohol or detergent and watch the routed buggers sink to the bottom.
Xenocide of the Buggers by the Monstrous Ender, humans had found intelligent alien life.
Such arguments always degenerated quickly into a vilification of the human monster Ender, who commanded the starfleet that committed the Xenocide of the Buggers.
SC, counting from the year the Starways Code was established, and Ender had destroyed the Buggers in the year 1180 BSC.
The piggies were not a hive mind, they were not the buggers, and Ender Wiggin had to know why they had done what they did.
If they are varelse, Ender, then let the buggers use up their habitat, and it will mean no more to you than the displacement of anthills or cattle herds to make way for cities.
But they knew from that day forward who the piggies were, just as the readers of the Hive Queen had understood the buggers, and the readers of the Hegemon had understood humankind in its endless quest for greatness in a wilderness of separation and suspicion.
I pointed out that in the first place I had deposited a very much larger sum in gold with them, that it was absurd to expect me to pay for metal that was my own, and eventually I carried my point, though not without the use of some very warm expressions, such as the nautical lobcock and bugger.
I went out into Tequila y Mota Street and approached the church but kept my distance, trying to figure where BUGGER kept the Time Machine.
And early on, I knew I could rely on my smeller when it told me someone was a nasty bugger.
Instead, he starts tying flies, using a little kit of hooks, a vice that screws onto the coffee table, peacock feathers, tinsel, squirrel tail, and multicoloured threads, turning his home into an archive of sticklebacks, muddler minnows, torn thumbs, woolly buggers, waterboatmen.
He was a rather dear old fellow, and a good tipper, even if he had told her once that she reminded him of one of his favorite daughters, the nasty old bugger.
Somehow blood was caused to flow during this period from the maid, Patricia, either because her courses had arrived or because, according to Donaldson, Accord had buggered her.