Definition of Norfolk Howard in English:

Norfolk Howard

Pronunciation /ˌnɔːfək ˈhaʊəd/


informal, historical
  • A bug, especially a bedbug.


Mid 19th century; earliest use found in Aris's Birmingham Gazette. From the name Norfolk Howard, appearing in an advertisement in the Times of 26 June 1862 claiming to be a declaration by a man named Joshua Bug that he had assumed the name of Norfolk Howard; compare quot. 1862, which makes clear the play on bug.