1. [ noun ] (zoology) general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate
Related terms: insect
2. [ verb ] annoy persistently
Synonyms: badger tease pester harass beleaguer

"The children teased the boy because of his stammer"

Related terms: torment pest tease
3. [ noun ] (physics) a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly
Related terms: microphone wiretap
4. [ noun ] a fault or defect in a system or machine
Synonyms: glitch
Related terms: defect
5. [ noun ] (zoology) insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis
Synonyms: hemipteran hemipteron hemipterous_insect
Related terms: insect lygaeid true_bug coreid_bug bedbug backswimmer leaf_bug Hemiptera
6. [ verb ] tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information
Synonyms: tap intercept wiretap

"The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy" "Is this hotel room bugged?"

Related terms: listen_in phone_tapper wiretap
7. [ noun ] (biology) a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use
Synonyms: germ microbe
Related terms: microorganism
Similar spelling:   Bugg