bugger off

bugger

1 [buhg-er, boog-]
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.
a.
a despicable or contemptible person, especially a man.
b.
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:
1300–50; 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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bugger (ˈbʌɡə)
 
n
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
 
vb
6.  to practise buggery (with)
7.  slang chiefly (Brit) (tr) to ruin, complicate, or frustrate
8.  slang to tire; weary: he was absolutely buggered
 
interj
9.  slang an exclamation of annoyance or disappointment
 
[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]

bugger off
 
vb
slang (Brit) (intr, adverb) to go away; depart

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bugger
"sodomite," 1550s, earlier "heretic" (mid-14c.), from M.L. Bulgarus "a Bulgarian" (see Bulgaria), so called from Catholic bigoted notions of the sex lives of Eastern Orthodox Christians or of the sect of heretics that was prominent there 11c.
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bugger off

see bug off.

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