Foolish vs Bugger - What's the difference?

foolish | bugger |

As a adjective foolish

is lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.

As a noun bugger is

(obsolete) a heretic.

As a verb bugger is

(vulgar|british) to sodomize.

As a interjection bugger is

(slang|british|australia|new zealand|coarse) an expression of annoyance or displeasure.




  • Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
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  • *:As a political system democracy seems to me extraordinarily foolish , but I would not go out of my way to protest against it. My servant is, so far as I am concerned, welcome to as many votes as he can get. I would very gladly make mine over to him if I could.
  • Resembling or characteristic of a fool.
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  • *(Aeschylus)
  • *:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
  • Synonyms

    * absurd * idiotic * ridiculous * silly * unwise


    * wise

    Derived terms

    * foolishness




    (en noun)
  • (obsolete) A heretic.
  • Someone who commits buggery; a sodomite.
  • The British Sexual Offences Act of 1967 is a buggers ? charter. (see Are judges politically correct?)
  • (slang, pejorative, UK, Australian, NZ) A foolish or worthless person or thing; a despicable person.
  • ''He's a silly bugger for losing his keys.
    The bugger ?s given me the wrong change.
    My computer's being a bit of a bugger .
  • * 1928 , Frank Parker Day, Rockbound , Gutenberg Australia eBook #0500721h,
  • “I?ll take it out on dat young bugger ,” he thought viciously.
  • * 1947 , James Hilton, So Well Remembered , Gutenberg Australia eBook #0600371h,
  • Here the cheers and shouts of the gallery were interrupted by a shabby little man in the back row who yelled out with piercing distinctness: “Don't matter what you call ?im now, George. The bugger ?s dead.”
  • (slang, UK, Australian, NZ) A situation that causes dismay.
  • So you're stuck out in woop-woop and the next train back is Thursday next week. Well, that's a bit of a bugger .
  • (slang, UK, Australian, NZ) Someone viewed with affection; a chap.
  • How are you, you old bugger ?
  • * 1946 , Olaf Stapledon, Arms Out of Hand'', in ''Collected Stories , Gutenberg Australia eBook #0601341,
  • Good luck, you old bugger !
  • * 1953 February-March, , Gutenberg eBook #18346],
  • “And if Pelton found out that his kids are Literates—Woooo! ” Cardon grimaced. “Or what we've been doing to him. I hope I?m not around when that happens. I?m beginning to like the cantankerous old bugger .”
  • (slang, dated) A damn, anything at all.
  • I don't give a bugger how important you think it is.
  • (slang, British) Someone who is very fond of something
  • I'm a bugger for Welsh cakes.
  • (slang, USA - West) A rough synonym for whippersnapper.
  • What is that little bugger up to now?

    Derived terms

    * bugger factor


    (en verb)
  • (vulgar, British) To sodomize.
  • To be buggered sore like a hobo's whore (Attributed to Harry Mclintock's 1920s era )
  • To break or ruin.
  • This computer is buggered'''! Oh no! I've '''buggered it up.
  • (slang, British, Australian, NZ) To be surprised.
  • Bugger''' me sideways! '''Bugger''' me, here's my bus. Well, I'm '''buggered !
  • (slang, British, Australian, NZ) To feel contempt for some person or thing.
  • Bugger Bognor. (Alleged to be the last words of king George V of the United Kingdom in response to a suggestion that he might recover from his illness and visit Bognor Regis.)
  • (slang, British, Australian, NZ) To feel frustration with something, or to consider that something is futile.
  • Bugger''' this for a lark. '''Bugger this for a game of soldiers.
  • (slang, British, Australian, NZ) To be fatigued.
  • I'm buggered from all that walking.

    Derived terms

    * bagarapim (Pidgin, derived from bugger up ) * bugger off * bugger up * bugger that for a joke * buggerer(s) * buggery * bugger all * play silly buggers


    (en interjection)
  • (slang, British, Australia, New Zealand, coarse) An expression of annoyance or displeasure.
  • Bugger , I've missed the bus.
    Oh, bugger --
  • (slang, US, euphemistic, rare) Cutesy expression of very mild annoyance.
  • Synonyms

    * bummer * damn * whoops * See also