Definitions of bug

  1. annoy persistently; " The children teased the boy because of his stammer"
  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?"
  3. a minute life form ( especially a disease- causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use
  4. general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate
  5. insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis
  6. a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly
  7. a fault or defect in a system or machine
  8. A bugbear; anything which terrifies.
  9. A general name applied to various insects belonging to the Hemiptera; as, the squash bug; the chinch bug, etc.
  10. An insect of the genus Cimex, especially the bedbug ( C. lectularius). See Bedbug.
  11. One of various species of Coleoptera; as, the ladybug; potato bug, etc.; loosely, any beetle.
  12. One of certain kinds of Crustacea; as, the sow bug; pill bug; bait bug; salve bug, etc.
  13. An insect, especially a beetle or other crawling insect.
  14. An object of terror; applied loosely to certain insects, esp. to one that infests houses and beds: a beetle.
  15. Term applied to various insects.
  16. Any one of arious insects or small crustaceans.
  17. The generic name for a class of insects which infest houses and plants, specially the foetid house- bug or bed- bug; a spectre causing terror.
  18. A name applied to various insects; an offensive insect common in dirty dwelling- houses.

Usage examples for bug

  1. " I will not keep you long," Vic said, turning from Bug. – A Master's Degree by Margaret Hill McCarter
  2. Top Gunther takes top place; man, woman, bird, beast, fish, or bug- eyed monster. – The Galaxy Primes by Edward Elmer Smith
  3. They entered the Potato Bug Country. – Rootabaga Stories by Carl Sandburg
  4. And there isn't one in three thousand that knows when to stop, if they've got the bug. – Concerning Sally by William John Hopkins
  5. Well, there is little Mrs. Shore Bug. – The Insect Folk by Margaret Warner Morley
  6. You just lead that fellow on to talk and I'll put a bug in Willie's ear. – Jimmy Kirkland and the Plot for a Pennant by Hugh S. Fullerton
  7. No bird, no bug, no bud, should be forgotten on his day and hour. – The Last Harvest by John Burroughs
  8. Where am I to put a beast of a bug when the next one that's exactly like it is entirely different the next time you look at it? – Slippy McGee, Sometimes Known as the Butterfly Man by Marie Conway Oemler
  9. A horrid bug on one of my dear little potato vines! – Natalie: A Garden Scout by Lillian Elizabeth Roy
  10. Hate- bug crawled into him and did it. – King Spruce, A Novel by Holman Day
  11. We breakfasted, and in the midst of a violent rain crossed the Bug, and entered the territory of Poland Proper. – Incidents of Travel in Greece, Turkey, Russia, and Poland, 7th ed. Vol. 2 of 2 by John Lloyd Stephens
  12. I'll go with you, Bug. – A Master's Degree by Margaret Hill McCarter
  13. Me feered de bug! – Selections From Poe by J. Montgomery Gambrill
  14. She read for some time, then took down another book, which opened of itself at " The Gold Bug." – At the Sign of the Jack O'Lantern by Myrtle Reed
  15. Th' likes iv me fillin' a pitcher f'r a little boy- bug! – Mr. Dooley: In the Hearts of His Countrymen by Finley Peter Dunne
  16. An' you, Whinney- boy, you ain't ketched a bug nor a beetle, have yer? – The Cruise of the Kawa by Walter E. Traprock [Pseudonym of George S. Chappell]
  17. Do you suppose it could be the Love Bug? – Mate in Two Moves by Winston Marks
  18. You're as crazy as a June bug all along of smoking that old pipe! – Hoosier Mosaics by Maurice Thompson