Definition of bugger in English:



vulgar slang
  • 1Used as a term of abuse, especially for a man.

    scoundrel, villain, rogue, rascal, brute, animal, weasel, snake, monster, ogre, wretch, devil, good-for-nothing, reprobate, wrongdoer, evil-doer
    1. 1.1Used as a term of affection or respect, typically grudgingly.
      ‘I just hope you didn't hurt the poor bugger’
      ‘all right, let the little buggers come in’
      human being, individual, man, woman, human, being, living soul, soul, mortal, creature, fellow
    2. 1.2An annoyingly awkward thing.
      ‘muskets are a bugger to load’
  • 2A person who penetrates the anus of someone during sexual intercourse.


[with object]vulgar slang
  • 1Penetrate the anus of (someone) during sexual intercourse.

  • 2often bugger someone/something about" or "bugger someone/something upCause serious harm or trouble to.

    1. 2.1bugger about/aroundno object Act in a stupid or feckless way.
    2. 2.2Used to express an angrily dismissive attitude to (someone or something).


vulgar slang
  • Used to express annoyance or anger.


    I'm buggered if —
    British vulgar slang
    • Used to make the following clause negative.

    bugger me
    British vulgar slang
    • Used to express surprise or amazement.

    bugger all
    British vulgar slang
    • Nothing.

    not give a bugger
    British vulgar slang
    • Not care in the slightest.

    play silly buggers
    British vulgar slang
    • Act in a foolish way.

    well, I'm (or I'll be) buggered
    British vulgar slang
    • Used to express one's amazement at something.

Phrasal Verbs

    bugger off
    British vulgar slang
    • usually in imperative Go away.


Middle English (originally denoting a heretic, specifically an Albigensian): from Middle Dutch, from Old French bougre ‘heretic’, from medieval Latin Bulgarus ‘Bulgarian’, particularly one belonging to the Orthodox Church and therefore regarded as a heretic by the Roman Church. The sense ‘sodomite’ (16th century) arose from an association of heresy with forbidden sexual practices; its use as a general insult dates from the early 18th century.