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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a flu virus/bug
▪ the spread of the flu virus
a stomach bug (=an illness you have caught that affects your stomach)
▪ He's off work with a stomach bug.
insect/mosquito/bug etc repellent
lightning bug
tummy bug/upsetBritish English (= an illness of the stomach that makes you vomit)
water bug
▪ They sleep six to a bed and wake up to the fiery sting of bug bites.
▪ United have just about shaken off the flu bug and are back to more or less full strength.
▪ Unfortunately, although a good time was had by all, a number of the team picked up a strange flu bug.
▪ Unfortunately a flu bug attacked most of the crew during this week which clouded our impressions of Shetland.
▪ Only replacement back Kenny Logan was an absentee, confined to bed suffering from the 24-hour flu bug.
▪ This is why I had children: because of the lightning bugs.
▪ There was movement in the trees, wind, or were those birds? Lightning bugs lifted out of the grass.
▪ Sam has bug repellent all over him.
▪ Could it be just a particularly nasty stomach bug that was taking its sweet time about leaving?
▪ The travel bug had truly taken a firm hold.
▪ Craig, 26, said doctors did disclose that Kane had caught a bug and antibiotics were not working.
▪ And when pyramid schemes began to appear in the last few years, nearly everyone caught the bug.
▪ Thanks to specially-adapted boats many new people have been catching the sailing bug.
▪ I never knew this until he said it, but I suppose he saw some of my performances and caught the bug.
▪ Beyster caught the science bug while growing up in Detroit.
▪ Life before Joan Freely caught the art bug seemed ideal.
▪ He loved catching bugs in jars and would peer in through the glass, mesmerized, to watch them scurry about.
▪ First, you find bugs or a part of a plant or interesting things such as onion skin or hair.
▪ Six out of 10 travellers get a tummy bug abroad.
▪ She got the bug when she was 4 years old.
▪ Bill got the orchid bug from an old neighbour who encouraged him to to start breeding the plants.
▪ Take Kim Krushowsky, who got the jumping bug in second grade while watching a rope show at a school assembly.
▪ Use the ice cream. 43. Get the bug spray. 44.
▪ In a couple of weeks they would get the bugs out, and it would be as if no problem had existed.
▪ I was getting the bug myself.
be bitten by the showbiz/travel/flying etc bug
▪ Gemima's been off school with a tummy bug this week.
▪ I think I've picked up the bug that's been going round the office.
▪ Some bug in the program meant when I typed in a letter I go a number instead.
▪ Some chips contained a bug that caused computers to crash frequently.
▪ The program suffers from some minor bugs, but is still better than the first version.
▪ Young schoolkids are always catching various bugs.
▪ Also, liquid nitrogen has a temperature of -196°C, which is enough to freeze the fur off any hardy carpet bug.
▪ I never knew this until he said it, but I suppose he saw some of my performances and caught the bug.
▪ In fact most outstanding problems were ironed out over the last couple of months, Goldstein says; bug fixing remains.
▪ Learning a lesson Resistance to vancomycin already has created a smaller monster of a bug that had been virtually harmless, enterococcus.
▪ Or a bigger Bio2 with many more bugs and birds and berries?
▪ The bug, called enterococcus, lives in the nasal passages and intestines of many healthy people, causing no harm.
▪ The collecting bug often bites early.
▪ Within years their cotton plants were decimated by a tiny bug and the Sutherlands resigned themselves to a meagre living from farming.
▪ A sewer system make your eyes bug out.
▪ If only I could cruise without having my eyes bug out.
▪ It made so much sense to him that he started laughing, which really made his lip bug out with pain.
▪ I'd had that years, it really bugged me.
▪ What's really bugging you, Kenny?
▪ It really bugs me when I can't remember someone's name.
▪ It really bugs me when the car behind me drives too close.
▪ Security agents bugged their offices and managed to get some evidence against them.
▪ The FBI had bugged his apartment.
▪ Wells was convinced the house was bugged and insisted on playing loud music while we talked.
▪ You know what bugs me? Getting a call from a telephone salesman right when I sit down to dinner.
▪ And she bugs you about H. G. Wells.
▪ How much my responsibility for my sister bugs me.
▪ Wichman also prepared a training manual for prospective passengers by interviewing astronauts and cosmonauts about the things that bugged them.
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Bug \Bug\ (b[u^]g), n. [OE. bugge, fr. W. bwg, bwgan, hobgoblin, scarecrow, bugbear. Cf. Bogey, Boggle.]

  1. A bugbear; anything which terrifies. [Obs.]

    Sir, spare your threats: The bug which you would fright me with I seek.

  2. (Zo["o]l.) A general name applied to various insects belonging to the Hemiptera; as, the squash bug; the chinch bug, etc.

  3. (Zo["o]l.) An insect of the genus Cimex, especially the bedbug ( Cimex lectularius). See Bedbug.

  4. (Zo["o]l.) One of various species of Coleoptera; as, the ladybug; potato bug, etc.; loosely, any beetle.

  5. (Zo["o]l.) One of certain kinds of Crustacea; as, the sow bug; pill bug; bait bug; salve bug, etc.

    Note: According to popular usage in England and among housekeepers in America around 1900, bug, when not joined with some qualifying word, was used specifically for bedbug. As a general term it is now used very loosely in America as a colloquial term to mean any small crawling thing, such as an insect or arachnid, and was formerly used still more loosely in England. ``God's rare workmanship in the ant, the poorest bug that creeps.''
    --Rogers (
    --Naaman). ``This bug with gilded wings.''

  6. (Computers) An error in the coding of a computer program, especially one causing the program to malfunction or fail. See, for example, year 2000 bug. ``That's not a bug, it's a feature!''

  7. Any unexpected defect or flaw, such as in a machine or a plan.

  8. A hidden electronic listening device, used to hear or record conversations surreptitiously.

  9. An infectious microorganism; a germ[4]. [Colloq.]

  10. An undiagnosed illness, usually mild, believed to be caused by an infectious organism. [Colloq.]

    Note: In some communities in the 1990's, the incidence of AIDS is high and AIDS is referred to colloquially as ``the bug''.

  11. An enthusiast; -- used mostly in combination, as a camera bug. [Colloq.]

    Bait bug. See under Bait.

    Bug word, swaggering or threatening language. [Obs.]
    --Beau. & Fl.


Bug \Bug\ (b[u^]g), v. t. to annoy; to bother or pester.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"to annoy, irritate," 1949, probably from bug (n.) and a reference to insect pests. Sense of "equip with a concealed microphone" is from 1919. Related: Bugged; bugging.


"insect," 1620s (earliest reference is to bedbugs), of unknown origin, probably but not certainly from or influenced by Middle English bugge "something frightening, scarecrow" (late 14c.), a meaning obsolete since the "insect" sense arose except in bugbear (1570s) and bugaboo (q.v.).\n

\nProbably connected with Scottish bogill "goblin, bugbear," or obsolete Welsh bwg "ghost, goblin" (compare Welsh bwgwl "threat," earlier "fear," Middle Irish bocanách "supernatural being"). Some speculate that these words are from a root meaning "goat" (see buck (n.1)) and represent originally a goat-like spectre. Compare also bogey (n.1) and German bögge, böggel-mann "goblin." Perhaps influenced in meaning by Old English -budda used in compounds for "beetle" (compare Low German budde "louse, grub," Middle Low German buddech "thick, swollen"). \n\nIn the United States bug is not confined, as in England, to the domestic pest, but is applied to all insects of the Coleoptera order, which includes what in this country are generally called beetles.

[Farmer & Henley, "Dictionary of Slang and Colloquial English," 1912 abridged edition]

\nMeaning "defect in a machine" (1889) may have been coined c.1878 by Thomas Edison (perhaps with the notion of an insect getting into the works). Meaning "person obsessed by an idea" (such as firebug) is from 1841, perhaps from notion of persistence. Sense of "microbe, germ" is from 1919. Bugs "crazy" is from c.1900. Bug juice as a slang name for drink is from 1869, originally "bad whiskey." The 1811 slang dictionary has bug-hunter "an upholsterer." Bug-word "word or words meant to irritate and vex" is from 1560s.

"to bulge, protrude," 1872, originally of eyes, perhaps from a humorous or dialect mispronunciation of bulge (v.). Related: Bugged; bugging. As an adjective, bug-eyed recorded from 1872; so commonly used of space creatures in mid-20c. science fiction that the initialism (acronym) BEM for bug-eyed monster was current by 1953.


"to scram, skedaddle," 1953, of uncertain origin, perhaps related to bug (v.2), and compare bug off.


n. 1 the Bug river, flowing northwest 450 mile between Belarus and Poland. 2 the Bug river in the Ukraine, flowing 530 mile to the Dnieper estuary.

  1. v. annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer" [syn: tease, badger, pester, beleaguer]

  2. tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information; "The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"; "Is this hotel room bugged?" [syn: wiretap, tap, intercept]

  3. [also: bugging, bugged]

  1. n. general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate

  2. a fault or defect in a system or machine [syn: glitch]

  3. a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly

  4. insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis [syn: hemipterous insect, hemipteran, hemipteron]

  5. a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use [syn: microbe, germ]

  6. [also: bugging, bugged]


Bug may refer to:

Bug (Dinosaur Jr. album)

Bug is the third album by American alternative rock band Dinosaur Jr., released in October 1988 through SST Records.

It was the last Dinosaur Jr. album with original bassist Lou Barlow until Beyond in 2007.

The album is included in the book 1001 Albums You Must Hear Before You Die. Beats per Minute ranked it the 41st best album of the 1980s.

Bug (poker)

A bug in poker is a limited form of wild card. One or both jokers are often added to the deck and played as bugs.

In draw poker played for high and pai gow poker, the bug is considered to be an ace, unless it can be used as a missing card to complete a straight or a flush, in which case it becomes the highest card which can complete the hand.

  • K-K-Joker-5-2 is a pair of kings with an ace kicker.
  • A-A-Joker-9-4 is three aces.
  • A♥ J♥ 8♥ 3♥ Joker is a flush, ace-king high, the bug becoming the K♥, even if another player holds the "real" K♥.
  • 7-6-5-4-Joker is an eight-high straight, the bug becoming an eight rather than a three since both complete the straight but the eight is higher.
  • J♣ 10♣ 8♣ 7♣ Joker is a straight flush, jack high, the bug becoming the 9♣.

In California lowball, the bug is the lowest unpaired card in a hand. For example in 8-6-4-3 plus the bug, the bug becomes an ace; in A-2-3-5 plus the bug, the bug becomes a four.

Holding the bug greatly increases the power of certain drawing hands. For example, playing for high, a natural four-straight such as Q-J-10-9 drawing one has nine outs to complete the hand, any king or eight or the bug. By contrast a four-straight including the bug can have as many as sixteen outs to complete the straight - Q-J-10-Joker can catch any ace, king, nine, or eight.

Bug (Starship Troopers)

The Bugs are an extraterrestrial race in the novel Starship Troopers by Robert A. Heinlein, its film adaptation (and its first and second sequels, an animated film, a Japanese OVA and loose spin-off television series), sometimes also referred to as the Arachnids, although the aliens are not related to Earth arachnids.

The Bugs in the film differ considerably from those in the novel, which calls the Bugs "Pseudo-Arachnids". The Bugs in the book are an industrial society that builds starships; the film Bugs have no technology, only specialized castes including "plasma Bugs" that can fire burning fireballs into orbit. Meanwhile, Mongoose Publishing's Starship Troopers: The Miniatures Game refers to them as the Arachnid Empire or the Bug Empire. In the third film in the franchise, the bugs are referred to as "Archie", similar to nicknames given to Germans ("Jerry") and the Viet Cong ("Charlie") in their respective wars. The novel's Bugs are highly susceptible to radiation and chemical attacks, and the Mobile Infantry frequently seals their escape holes.

Bug (Dave Davies album)

Bug is a solo album by Dave Davies (best known as lead guitarist and co-founder of British rock band The Kinks), released in May 2002. It was his fourth true solo studio album, almost 20 years after the release of his third effort Chosen People.

Bug (2006 film)

Bug is a 2006 American-German independent psychological horror film directed by William Friedkin. It stars Ashley Judd, Michael Shannon, and Harry Connick Jr. The screenplay by Tracy Letts is based on his 1996 play of the same name in which a woman holed up in a rural Oklahoma motel becomes involved with a paranoid man obsessed with conspiracy theories about insects and the government. The film debuted at the 2006 Cannes Film Festival before being purchased by Lionsgate, who released the film the following year in May 2007.

Friedkin and Letts similarly collaborated on the 2011 film Killer Joe.

Bug (1975 film)

Bug is a 1975 American horror film in Panavision, directed by Jeannot Szwarc and written by William Castle and Thomas Page, from Page's 1973 novel The Hephaestus Plague. It was the last film Castle was involved in before his death. The film starred Bradford Dillman, Joanna Miles and Richard Gilliland.

Bug (play)

Bug is a play by American playwright Tracy Letts. It was adapted into a film in 2006, with Letts writing the screenplay and Michael Shannon reprising his role as Peter.

Bug (2002 film)

Bug is a 2002 American comedy film, directed by Phil Hay and Matt Manfredi. It was released on February 28, 2002.

Bug (Breaking Bad)

"Bug" is the ninth episode of the fourth season of the American television drama series Breaking Bad, and the 42nd overall episode of the series. It originally aired on AMC in the United States on September 11, 2011.

Bug (Rügen)

The Bug is the name both of the westernmost tongue of land (Landzunge) on the peninsula of Wittow on the German island of Rügen, as well as the name of the former village there. The Bug begins south of the village of Dranske and belongs territorially to that municipality.

Bug (soundtrack)

Bug is the original soundtrack album, on the Lionsgate label, of the 2006 film Bug, and contains such artists as Sean & Sara Watkins (of Nickel Creek), Chainsaw Kittens, Susan Tedeschi, Jerry Leiber, Leon Russell and more. The theme from Bug is performed by System of a Down lead singer Serj Tankian. The lead track is performed by Stone Temple Pilots lead singer Scott Weiland.

The original score is composed by Brian Tyler. The score was released on iTunes on May 22, 2007. The soundtrack by various artists, was released in stores and on iTunes on May 22.

Bug (comics)

Bug is a fictional character, a superhero appearing in American comic books published by Marvel Comics. Bug was originally a member of the Micronauts and later joined the second incarnation of the Guardians of the Galaxy.

When he first appeared in Micronauts #1 (dated January 1979), Bug was known as Galactic Warrior, taking this name from a figure from the Micronauts toy line on which the comic book series was based. The toy based characters were all owned by Takara Co., Ltd., with any original characters owned by Marvel. Starting with the fourth issue Galactic Warrior's name was changed to Bug. This was done after Marvel realized that since the character's design looked nothing like the toy, they could assume ownership if they used a different name.

BUG (magazine)

BUG is a Croatian monthly computer and information technology magazine, established in 1992. Published by the BUG publishing company, it is currently the most popular computer magazine in the country. It focuses primarily on PC hardware and software technology. The magazine also includes sections for video games, news, columnist writing ( John C. Dvorak is a regular contributor), a helpdesk, and self-assembly.

Other magazines published by the same company are Mreža for professionals and Enter for beginners.

Usage examples of "bug".

Mari Ado, ex of the Little Blue Bugs, was criminally competent in a number of insurgency roles that had nothing to do with wavecraft, and for that matter no less well endowed physically than a number of the other female bodies in the room, Virginia Vidaura included.

Chang followed an indication on the audiometer from the patch to the bugs there, and sure enough, it sounded as if workers were setting up for yet another meeting in the first-class cabin.

K on belay, then K climbing and Paul belaying and resting until the bug caught up.

And even if Cohen got by them, Kolodny would still be physically jacked in to the lab mainframe, vulnerable to whatever wet bugs and bioactive code the system threw at her.

Debby and Booce disappeared down the trunk to monitor the progress of the bugs.

Newt buzzed to his side, looking at him curiously, and the king swatted a hand at the faerie dragon with no more thought than he would have given to striking a bug.

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.

He saw Jenna snatch up two of the reeds - in his struggle to escape the slings, they had scattered all over the head of the bed - and then they were hurrying up the aisle, away from the bugs and from Sister Coquina, whose cries were now failing.

I tink it wuz Fizzers cozin Farf who wuz throwin da bomb most, sed we should pack beatle bugs fer lunch nex time cuz he wuz hungry.

On May 6, 1982, almost two months to the day after the dinette bug was activated, Sal Ruggiero died in the crash of a chartered Lear jet off the Florida coast.

TVs, early refrigerators, pot pipes, bugging devices, englassed moon rocks, and souvenir baseballs signed by the 1988 World Champion Fairbanks Braves.

Those poor feebs were running around like a bunch of chickens with their heads cut off, going bug fuck crazy trying to keep the money systems from crashing.

There was arcing from electric motors, freon from broken compressor tubes, destruction of all bottles of chemicals and insecticides, the fire extinguisher was squirted on the control panels, the bug foggers turned high, the laboratory mice set free.

He stopped, sucking oxygen, four paces beyond the smashed Bug, staring at the Gekko ghost town.

There was something about his manner, the movement of his eyes, the quality of his smile, that reminded her of the toads that hid in the mud during the rainy season, only their eyes showing as they lurked for bugs.