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bug

bug

 
pronunciation:
buhg
parts of speech:
noun, transitive verb
phrases:
bug off, bug out
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part of speech: noun
definition 1: any insect or insect-like organism.
 
synonyms:
insect
similar words:
arthropod, fly, gnat, vermin
definition 2: any of a large group of insects with sucking mouths and forewings thickened at the base, such as the water bug.
definition 3: (informal) a virus or bacterium, esp. one that causes disease.
She was absent all week with a bug.
synonyms:
germ
similar words:
bacterium, illness, infection, sickness, virus
definition 4: (informal) a flaw that prevents something from working properly.
bugs in a computer program
synonyms:
defect, fault, flaw
similar words:
drawback, error, imperfection
definition 5: (informal) an electronic listening device that has been secretly installed.
synonyms:
tap, wiretap
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part of speech: transitive verb
inflections: bugged, bugging, bugs
definition: to annoy.
synonyms:
annoy, bother, irritate
similar words:
anger, badger, disturb, eat, get one's goat, harass, irk, nag, needle, peeve, pester, plague, provoke, rasp, trouble
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phrase: bug off
phrase: bug out
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