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bughouse

[buhg-hous] /ˈbʌgˌhaʊs/
noun, plural bughouses
[buhg-hou-ziz] /ˈbʌgˌhaʊ zɪz/ (Show IPA)
1.
an insane asylum.
adjective
2.
insane; crazy.
Origin
1890-1895
1890-95, Americanism; bug1 (cf. buggy2, bugs) + house
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British Dictionary definitions for bughouse

bughouse

/ˈbʌɡˌhaʊs/
noun
1.
a mental hospital or asylum
adjective
2.
insane; crazy
Word Origin
C20: from bug1 + (mad)house
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Word Origin and History for bughouse

1902 (n.) "insane asylum;" 1891 (adj.) "insane," from bug (n.) + house (n.); perhaps originally tramps' slang.

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Slang definitions & phrases for bughouse

bughouse

adjective

Crazy; nuts: He's a bughouse pimp/ The local constabulary haul the bughouse blighter off to prison (1895+)

noun

An insane asylum: Who cares whether you're free or locked in a bughouse? (1900+)


The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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