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[buhg-ee] /ˈbʌg i/
noun, plural buggies.
a light, four-wheeled, horse-drawn carriage with a single seat and a transverse spring.
(in India) a light, two-wheeled carriage with a folding top.
Older Slang. an automobile, especially an old or dilapidated one.
a small wagon or truck for transporting heavy materials, as coal in a mine or freshly mixed concrete at a construction site, for short distances.
Metallurgy. a car, as for transporting ingots or charges for open-hearth furnaces.
any of various small vehicles adapted for use on a given terrain, as on sand beaches or swamps.
British. a light, two-wheeled, open carriage.
1765-75; of obscure origin


[buhg-ee] /ˈbʌg i/
adjective, buggier, buggiest.
infested with bugs.
Slang. crazy; insane; peculiar.
1705-15; bug1 + -y1
Related forms
bugginess, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the web for buggy
  • There were once big markets for skilled and talented linen weavers, buggy whip makers, and wheel wrights.
  • He had been driven to the station in a buggy and left there alone.
  • She would soon be nine, and he told her he would get her a buggy for the family pony.
  • Windows was so buggy, unstable and lacking of performance that my investment was paying me back.
  • They will all join the buggy whip and the slide rule into the pile of abandoned technologies.
  • Early automobiles often included a buggy-whip holder on the dashboard-a useless fillip that designers couldn't bear to part with.
  • To generate more, he has to haul the diesel fuel in from town on his horse-drawn buggy.
  • Although innovative and sleekly designed, it lacked battery life, an app library and was generally buggy.
  • When they ventured forth from the hotel, it was by horse or buggy or bike.
  • And complexity begets systems that can be buggy, unreliable and difficult to manage.
British Dictionary definitions for buggy


noun (pl) -gies
a light horse-drawn carriage having either four wheels (esp in the US and Canada) or two wheels (esp in Britain and India)
short for beach buggy
short for Baby Buggy See baby carriage
a small motorized vehicle designed for a particular purpose: golf buggy, moon buggy
Word Origin
C18: of unknown origin


adjective -gier, -giest
infested with bugs
(US, slang) insane
(informal) (of a system or machine, esp a computer program) containing errors or faults
Derived Forms
bugginess, noun
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Word Origin and History for buggy

"light carriage," 1773, of unknown origin. Extended to baby carriages by 1890.


"infested with bugs," 1774, from bug (n.) + -y (2).

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for buggy

buggy 1

  1. A caboose (1890s+ Railroad)
  2. A car, esp an old and rickety one; heap, jalopy: I wouldn't exactly call my Maserati a buggy (1925+)
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buggy 2


Crazy; bughouse, nuts (1900+)

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Encyclopedia Article for buggy

light, hooded (with a folding, or falling, top), two- or four-wheeled carriage of the 19th and early 20th centuries, usually pulled by one horse. In England, where the term seems to have originated late in the 18th century, the buggy held only one person and commonly had two wheels. By the mid-19th century the term had come to the United States and the buggy had become a four-wheeled carriage for two passengers. The shapes in which the vehicle was built varied widely. The coal-box buggy and, especially, the piano-box, or square-box, buggy enjoyed great popularity. Without a top a buggy was usually called a runabout, or a driving wagon, and if it had a standing top it was called a Jenny Lind.

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