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bugger1

[buhg-er, boo g-] /ˈbʌg ər, ˈbʊg-/
noun
1.
Informal. a fellow or lad (used affectionately or abusively):
a cute little bugger.
2.
Informal. any object or thing.
3.
Often Vulgar. a sodomite.
4.
Chiefly British Slang.
  1. a despicable or contemptible person, especially a man.
  2. an annoying or troublesome thing, situation, etc.
verb (used with object)
5.
Often Vulgar. to sodomize.
6.
Slang. damn:
Bugger the cost—I want the best.
7.
Chiefly British Slang. to trick, deceive, or take advantage of.
Verb phrases
8.
bugger off, Chiefly British Slang. to depart; bug off.
9.
bugger up, Chiefly British Slang. to ruin; spoil; botch.
Compare sod3 .
Origin
1300-1350
1300-50; Middle English bougre < Anglo-French bugre < Medieval Latin Bulgarus heretic, literally, Bulgarian, by association of the Balkans with heretical sects such as the Bogomils and their alleged deviant sexual practices; def. 1 perhaps by reanalysis as bug1 or bug2 + -er1 (cf. booger)
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British Dictionary definitions for buggers

bugger

/ˈbʌɡə/
noun
1.
a person who practises buggery
2.
(slang) a person or thing considered to be contemptible, unpleasant, or difficult
3.
(slang) a humorous or affectionate term for a man or child: a silly old bugger, a friendly little bugger
4.
(slang) bugger all, nothing
5.
(slang) play silly buggers, to fool around and waste time
verb
6.
to practise buggery (with)
7.
(transitive) (slang, mainly Brit) to ruin, complicate, or frustrate
8.
(slang) to tire; weary: he was absolutely buggered
interjection
9.
(slang) an exclamation of annoyance or disappointment
Word Origin
C16: from Old French bougre, from Medieval Latin Bulgarus Bulgarian; from the condemnation of the dualist heresy rife in Bulgaria from the tenth century to the fifteenth
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Word Origin and History for buggers

bugger

n.

"sodomite," 1550s, earlier "heretic" (mid-14c.), from Medieval Latin Bulgarus "a Bulgarian" (see Bulgaria), so called from bigoted notions of the sex lives of Eastern Orthodox Christians or of the sect of heretics that was prominent there 11c. Cf. Old French bougre "Bulgarian," also "heretic; sodomite." Softened secondary sense of "fellow, chap," is in British English from mid-19c. Related: Buggerly.

v.

to commit buggery," 1590s, from bugger (n.). Meaning "ruin, spoil" is from 1923. Related: Buggered; buggering.

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