Bug - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |bʌɡ|  American pronunciation of the word bug
Brit.  |bʌɡ|  British pronunciation of the word bug


- general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate
- a fault or defect in a computer program, system, or machine (syn: glitch)
- a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly
- insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis (syn: hemipteran, hemipteron)
- a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use (syn: germ, microbe)


- annoy persistently (syn: badger, beleaguer, pester, tease)
- tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information(syn: intercept, tap, wiretap)


She's got the fitness bug. / She's been bitten by the fitness bug.

Tobacco smoke bugs me.

His office was bugged.

I picked up a bug last weekend.

There's a nasty bug going round (=which a lot of people have caught).

He's off work with a stomach bug.

She's got the travel bug.

I had one flying lesson and immediately caught the bug (=became very interested in flying).

It just bugs me that I have to work so many extra hours for no extra money.

The baby's crying is really bugging him.

Do you think the room is bugged?

The offices were bugged by counter-intelligence agents.

Stop bugging me!

Bug off!

Is this hotel room bugged?

Word forms

I/you/we/they: bug
he/she/it: bugs
present participle: bugging
past tense: bugged
past participle: bugged
singular: bug
plural: bugs
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