bugs, bugging, bugged1) N-COUNT: usu pl A bug is an insect or similar small creature. [INFORMAL]
We noticed tiny bugs that were all over the walls.
...a bloodsucking bug which infests poor housing.2) N-COUNT A bug is an illness which is caused by small organisms such as bacteria. [INFORMAL]
I think I've got a bit of a stomach bug...
There was a bug going around at the club.
...the killer brain bug meningitis.3) N-COUNT If there is a bug in a computer programme, there is a mistake in it.
There is a bug in the software.4) N-COUNT A bug is a tiny hidden microphone which transmits what people are saying.
There was a bug on the phone.5) VERB If someone bugs a place, they hide tiny microphones in it which transmit what people are saying.
[V n] He heard that they were planning to bug his office...
[V n] I found out my phone was bugged.Syn:wire, tapDerived words:bugging N-UNCOUNT
...an electronic bugging device.6) N-SING: oft n N You can say that someone has been bitten by a particular bug when they suddenly become very enthusiastic about something. [INFORMAL]
I've definitely been bitten by the gardening bug...
Roundhay Park in Leeds was the place I first got the fishing bug.7) VERB If someone or something bugs you, they worry or annoy you. [INFORMAL]
[V n] I only did it to bug my parents.
English dictionary. 2008.