bugger

bugger
bug|ger1 S2 [ˈbʌgə US -ər] n
[Date: 1800-1900; Origin: bugger 'person who practices anal sex' (16-21 centuries), from French bougre 'person who disagrees with the standard religion', from Medieval Latin Bulgarus 'Bulgarian']
1.) BrE not polite an offensive word for someone who is very annoying or unpleasant
2.) not polite someone that you pretend to be annoyed with, although you actually like or love them
The poor little bugger got an awful shock.
3.) BrE not polite a job or activity that is very difficult
The exam was a bit of a bugger.
4.) bugger all
BrE not polite nothing
There's bugger all wrong with this machine.
bugger 2
bugger2 v [T] BrE
1.) spoken not polite said when you are annoyed or angry
Bugger it! I don't see why I should pay for everything.
2.) I'm buggered/bugger me!
spoken not polite said when you are surprised about something
Well I'm buggered! I never thought you'd do that.
3.) bugger the ...
spoken not polite used to say that you do not care about the person or thing you are talking about
Bugger the expense, I'm going to buy it!
4.) taboo or law to have ↑anal sex with someone
bugger about phr v
1.) to behave in a stupid way or waste time
= ↑mess about/around
Let's stop buggering about and go.
2.) bugger sb about
to cause unnecessary problems for someone
= ↑mess somebody about/around
Don't let Peter bugger you about.
bugger off phr v
to go away or leave a place
Tim buggered off to Australia years ago.
'Bugger off!' she screamed.
bugger up [bugger sth<=>up] phr v
to ruin something or do something very badly
= ↑cock up, mess up ↑mess up
It really buggered up our plans when the train was cancelled.

Dictionary of contemporary English. 2013.

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