bugged bugged  /ˈbəɡd/


  1. (n) general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate
  2. (n) a fault or defect in a computer program, system, or machine
  3. (n) a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly
  4. (n) insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis
  5. (n) a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use
  6. (v) annoy persistently
  7. (v) tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information
  8. (adj) having hidden electronic eavesdropping devices


  1. The best of Spain's eating-olive crop is bugged.
  2. Many whites bugged out in despair; others sold their farms but took jobs flying bush planes, running tourist camps, still staying in the grand, gaudy country they loved.
  3. With miniature, transistorized equipment, even trees and flower beds have on occasion been bugged, along with practically everything elsebedsprings, toilet bowls, belt buckles.


  1. Car-sized hornet nest worries Florida couple

    Posted by Scott T. Smith / CBS12 News GREENVILLE, Fla. -- When Norman and Pat Bush walk outside of their home, the first thing they see is a car-sized hornet's nest. And it's got them bugged. The large nest is high in a tree off of Lovett Road in Greenville, directly across the street from the Bushes' home. ...
    on June 12, 2013     Source: WPEC CBS12 West Palm Beach

  2. Activist outspoken despite McConnell recording fallout

    Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., answers questions from reporters following a Republican strategy session on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, April 9, 2013. The FBI is investigating allegations that McConnell's re-election campaign office was bugged with an electronic listening device.
    on June 8, 2013     Source: The Bay Bulletin


  1. "I'm getting bugged about tickets," Bochy said. "But they don't want them here. They want them in the Bay. I don't have any pull there."
    on Aug 6, 2007 By: Bruce Bochy Source: SI.com

  2. "She thought the boat was being bugged by Mr. Al Fayed senior," McCorquodale said, telling the court that Diana shared the concern during a phone conversation from the yacht.
    on Jan 28, 2008 By: Lady Sarah McCorquodale Source: Washington Post

  3. "Last year, it was my bragging rights. I just bugged him all the time," said Lane. "He'd be like, 'Whatever,' and he'd get a little mad. This year, it could go either way. We're really looking forward to playing each other again."
    on Nov 22, 2007 By: Jorvorskie Lane Source: SportingNews.com

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