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Yes. The word bug is a Scrabble US word. The word bug is worth 6 points in Scrabble:

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3 letters words from 'bug'

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2 letters words from 'bug'

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All 3 letters words made out of bug

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Definitions and meaning of bug

bug

Etymology

First attested in this form around 1620 (referring to a bedbug), from earlier bugge (beetle), a conflation of two words:

  1. Middle English bugge (scarecrow, hobgoblin), from Proto-Germanic *bugja- (swollen up, thick) (compare Norwegian bugge (big man), dialectal Low German Bögge (goblin”, “snot)). Perhaps originally from a word related to buck and originally referring to a goat-shaped specter.
  2. Middle English budde (beetle), from Old English budda (see sċearnbudda (dung beetle)), from Proto-Germanic *buddô, *buzdô (compare Low German Budde (louse, grub), Norwegian budda (newborn domestic animal)). More at bud.

The term is used to refer to technical errors and problems at least as early as the 19th century, predating the commonly known story of a moth being caught in a computer.

Pronunciation

  • enPR: bŭg, IPA(key): /bʌɡ/
  • Rhymes: -ʌɡ
  • Hyphenation: bug

Noun

bug (plural bugs)

  1. (entomology) An insect of the order Hemiptera (the “true bugs”).
  2. Any of various species of marine or freshwater crustaceans; e.g. a Moreton Bay bug, mudbug.
  3. (colloquial) Any insect, arachnid, or other terrestrial arthropod that is a pest.
  4. (colloquial, US) Any insect, arachnid, myriapod or entognath.
  5. (Britain, obsolete, specifically) A bedbug.
    • 1874, Henry Sampson, A history of advertising (page 278)
      Speaking of advertising changes of name, a title by which those lodging-house pests, bugs, are now often known, that of Norfolk Howards, is derived from an advertisement in which one Ephraim Bug avowed his intention of being for the future known as Norfolk Howard.
  6. (chiefly computing and engineering jargon) A problem that needs fixing.
    Synonyms: defect, glitch
  7. A contagious illness; a bacterium or virus causing it
  8. (informal) An enthusiasm for something; an obsession
  9. (informal) A keen enthusiast or hobbyist.
    • 1961, Kiplinger's Personal Finance (volume 15, number 12, page 34)
      Incidentally, the camera manufacturers have had a new worry—that they might "kill off the hobby," as U.S. Camera magazine put it recently—by automating to the point that real camera bugs would feel no challenge.
  10. A concealed electronic eavesdropping or intercept device
  11. A small and usually invisible file (traditionally a single-pixel image) on a World Wide Web page, primarily used to track users.
  12. (broadcasting) A small, usually transparent or translucent image placed in a corner of a television program to indicate what network or cable channel is televising it
  13. (aviation) A manually positioned marker in flight instruments.
  14. A semi-automated telegraph key.
  15. (obsolete) Hobgoblin, scarecrow; anything that terrifies. [late 14th c.–early 17th. c]
    Synonyms: bog, bogey, bogle, boggle, boggard, bugbear
  16. (chiefly LGBT, "the bug") HIV.
    • 2019, Tora Holmberg, Annika Jonsson, Fredrik Palm, Death Matters: Cultural Sociology of Mortal Life, Springer (→ISBN), page 130:
      The arguably most debated bareback practice that came to attract attention early on (and still does) was that of “bug chasing,” in which HIV-negative men (bug chasers) actively seek out sex with HIV-positive men (gift givers).
  17. (poker) A limited form of wild card in some variants of poker.
  18. (paleontology, slang) A trilobite.
    • 2007, Kirk Johnson, Cruisin' the Fossil Freeway, p. 174:
      We asked Harris if he had any recommendations about seeing the famous trilobite digs. He said we should just drive out to his claim in the Wheeler Quadrangle, and it was just fine with him if we dug a few bugs.
  19. (petroleum industry, slang, dated) Synonym of oil bug
    • July 1933, Popular Science:
      Now, only three years later, most of the major oil companies maintain staffs of these men who examine cores, classify the various types of "bugs," or foraminifera, and make charts showing the depths at which each of the hundreds of types is found.
  20. (slang, horse-racing) A young apprentice jockey.
  21. (printing) Synonym of union bug

Usage notes

  • Adjectives often applied to “bug”: major, minor, serious, critical, nasty, annoying, important, strange, stupid, flying, silly.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:defect

Derived terms

Translations

Verb

bug (third-person singular simple present bugs, present participle bugging, simple past and past participle bugged)

  1. (informal, transitive) To annoy.
  2. (transitive) To install an electronic listening device or devices in.

Synonyms

  • See also Thesaurus:annoy

Derived terms

  • bug out

Translations

References


Further reading

  • Hemiptera on Wikipedia.Wikipedia
  • Hemiptera on Wikispecies.Wikispecies
  • Hemiptera on Wikimedia Commons.Wikimedia Commons
  • Software bug on Wikipedia.Wikipedia

Anagrams

  • gub

Danish

Etymology

From Old Norse búkr, from Proto-Germanic *būkaz, cognate wtih Norwegian, Swedish buk, German Bauch, Dutch buik.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /buːˀɣ/, [ˈb̥uˀ]

Noun

bug c (singular definite bugen, plural indefinite buge)

  1. belly (the lower part the body of an animal or, by analogy, an aircraft)
  2. abdomen, abdominal cavity (the lower inner part of a human body)
    Synonym: mave
  3. (informal) belly, paunch (a large protruding belly)
    Synonyms: mave, vom

Inflection


Dutch

Etymology

Borrowed from English bug.

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bʏɡ/, /bɑɡ/
  • Hyphenation: bug

Noun

bug m (plural bugs)

  1. (computing) A bug (a software problem).

French

Alternative forms

  • (computing) bogue

Etymology

English bug

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /bœɡ/, /bɔɡ/

Noun

bug m (plural bugs)

  1. (slang) bug (problem, especially in computing)

Derived terms

  • buguer

Karipúna Creole French

Etymology

From French bougre (chap, guy)

Pronunciation

  • IPA(key): /ˈbuɡ/

Noun

bug

  1. boy (young male human)

References

  • 1987, Alfred W. Tobler, Dicionário Crioulo Karipúna/Português Português/Crioulo Karípúna, Summer Institute of Linguistics, page 5.

Portuguese

Etymology

Borrowed from English bug.

Pronunciation

  • (Brazil) IPA(key): /ˈbɐɡ/, /ˈbɐ.ɡi/, /ˈbuɡ/, /ˈbu.ɡi/

Noun

bug m (plural bugs)

  1. (computing) bug (error in a program’s functioning)
    Synonyms: defeito, falha, erro
  2. (slang) anything causing unusual behaviour

Derived terms

  • bugado
  • bugar

Spanish

Noun

bug m (plural bugs)

  1. (computing) bug

Source: wiktionary.org
  • to annoy.
    (source: Collins Scrabble Dictionary)