Can also be used as a exclamation similar to doh or oops.

Bugger is one of two words in the best ad on New Zealand TV at the moment.

The ad was almost banned because someone complained, but the broadcasting standards authority decided that the complainant was just a whinging wanker.

Wanker will be the next word to nearly be banned.

One of a race of large insectile aliens in Orson Scott Card's "Ender's Game" quartet. The buggers operate as a hive mind, controlled by a central queen who manipulates potentially thousands of drones. The queen's connection to her drones is instantaneous, even across distances of hundreds of light-years; the means by which this is done was eventually reproduced by humans in the ansible.

When the buggers first encountered humans in outer space, they killed many of them. The humans interpreted this as attempted genocide and defended themselves. But in fact the buggers assumed humans operated as a hive mind as they did, and that killing a single human would have no effect on the "organism" as a whole. This fundamental misunderstanding led to two major bugger-human wars, and finally to a concentrated assault on the bugger homeworld to wipe out their species once and for all before humanity was wiped out first.

They almost succeeded; one immature and cocooned bugger queen was preserved on a distant colony world of the buggers, and was eventually discovered by Ender Wiggin. He carried this queen until he arrived on Lusitania, three thousand years later, and allowed the queen to emerge and repopulate her species without human interference.

Slang in at least some parts of the US Navy for shooting a torpedo at another boat/sub from behind it and hitting its back end. The submariner who told me this wondered why I found it so funny, as he didn't know the sodomy definition (as seen in Webster 1913's entry) until I explained.

Bug"ger (?), n. [F. bougre, fr. LL. Bulgarus, a Bulgarian, and also a heretic; because the inhabitants of Bulgaria were infected with heresy. Those guilty of the crime of buggery were called heretics, because in the eyes of their adversaries there was nothing more heinous than heresy, and it was therefore thought that the origin of such a vice could only be owing to heretics.]


One guilty of buggery or unnatural vice; a sodomite.


A wretch; -- sometimes used humorously or in playful disparagement.



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