I. noun Etymology: Middle English bougre heretic, from Anglo-French bugre, from Medieval Latin Bulgarus, literally, Bulgarian; from the association of Bulgaria with the Bogomils, who were accused of sodomy Date: 1555 1. sodomite 2. a. a worthless person ; rascal b. fellow, chap 3. a small or annoying thing <
put down my keys and now I can't find the buggers
II. transitive verb Date: 1598 1. usually vulgar to commit sodomy with 2. damn 3. to put into disorder ; bungle, botch — often used with up III. noun Date: 1955 a person who plants electronic bugs

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