- The definition of bugging means to secretly listen to or record a conversation using a hidden electronic device.
An example of bugging is the CIA putting a suspected terrorist under surveillance.
Variant of bug
- any of an order (Hemiptera) of insects with sucking mouthparts and with forewings thickened toward the base, as a water bug or squash bugalso called true bug
- any small arthropod, esp. if regarded as a pest, as a louse, cockroach, or centipede
- ☆ a defect or imperfection, as in a machine or computer program: somewhat informal when used outside of a computer context
- Informal any microscopic organism, esp. one causing disease; germ or virus
- ☆ Informal a tiny microphone hidden to record conversation secretly
- ☆ Slang
- an enthusiast or devotee: often used in combination: a shutterbug pursues photography as a hobby
- a particular enthusiasm or obsession
- ☆ Slang a small, compact automobile
- Slang the weight allowance (5 pounds, or 2.3 kg) granted to an apprentice jockey for one year after the riding of five winners
Origin: probably ; from bug
transitive verb bugged, bugging
- Informal to hide a microphone in (a room, etc.), as for recording a conversation secretly
- to annoy, bother, anger, etc.
- to confuse or puzzle
Slang to bulge or open wide, as in amazement: said of the eyes