I. noun Etymology: Middle English bugge hobgoblin; probably akin to Low German bögge goblin Date: 14th century obsolete bogey, bugbear II. noun Etymology: origin unknown Date: 1622 1. a. an insect or other creeping or crawling invertebrate (as a spider or centipede) b. any of several insects (as the bedbug or cockroach) commonly considered obnoxious c. any of an order (Hemiptera and especially its suborder Heteroptera) of insects that have sucking mouthparts, forewings thickened at the base, and incomplete metamorphosis and are often economic pests — called also true bug 2. an unexpected defect, fault, flaw, or imperfection <
the software was full of bugs
3. a. a germ or microorganism especially when causing disease b. an unspecified or nonspecific sickness usually presumed due to a bug 4. a sudden enthusiasm 5. enthusiast <
a camera bug
6. a prominent person 7. a crazy person 8. a concealed listening device 9. [from its designation by an asterisk on race programs] a weight allowance given apprentice jockeys III. verb (bugged; bugging) Date: 1935 transitive verb 1. to plant a concealed microphone in 2. bother, annoy <
don't bug me with petty details
intransitive verb to lose one's composure ; freak — often used with out IV. verb (bugged; bugging) Etymology: probably from 2bug Date: 1865 intransitive verb of the eyes protrude, bulge — often used with out transitive verb to cause to bug <
his eyes were bugged with horror

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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