An example of bug is a beetle.
An example of bug is something that keeps a computer program from working correctly.
An example of bug is a child asking their parent if they're there yet over and over again during a long road trip.
Got bitten by the writing bug.
A model train bug.
Planted a bug in the suspect's room.
My eyes bugged when I saw the mess.
He’s got the flu bug.
He suspected the image was a web bug used for determining who was visiting the site.
- To impart useful information to (another) in a subtle, discreet way.
- To stop annoying someone and leave.
- To run away; desert.
Origin of bug
- Perhaps alteration (influenced by obsolete bug hobgoblin bugbear) of Middle English boude, budde beetle, weevil from Old English -budda as in scearnbudda dung beetle Low German dialectal budde louse
From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition
- Middle English bugge (“scarecrow, hobgoblin”), from Proto-Germanic *bugja- (“swollen up, thick”) (compare Norwegian bugge (“big man”), dialectal Low German Bögge (“goblin”, “snot”)