Lacking good sense or judgement; unwise.
*: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.
*:It is a profitable thing, if one is wise, to seem foolish .
(obsolete) A heretic.
Someone who commits buggery; a sodomite.
(slang, pejorative, UK, Australian, NZ) A foolish or worthless person or thing; a despicable person.
- The British Sexual Offences Act of 1967 is a buggers ? charter. (see
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- ''He's a silly bugger for losing his keys.
- The bugger ?s given me the wrong change.
* 1928 , Frank Parker Day, Rockbound ,
- My computer's being a bit of a bugger .
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* 1947 , James Hilton, So Well Remembered ,
- “I?ll take it out on dat young bugger ,” he thought viciously.
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(slang, UK, Australian, NZ) A situation that causes dismay.
- 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) Someone viewed with affection; a chap.
- 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 .
* 1946 , Olaf Stapledon, Arms Out of Hand'', in ''Collected Stories ,
- How are you, you old bugger ?
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- Good luck, you old bugger !
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(slang, dated) A damn, anything at all.
- “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, British) Someone who is very fond of something
- I don't give a bugger how important you think it is.
(slang, USA - West) A rough synonym for whippersnapper.
- I'm a bugger for Welsh cakes.
- What is that little bugger up to now?
* bugger factor
(vulgar, British) To sodomize.
To break or ruin.
- To be buggered sore like a hobo's whore (Attributed to Harry Mclintock's 1920s era )
(slang, British, Australian, NZ) To be surprised.
- This computer is buggered'''! Oh no! I've '''buggered it up.
(slang, British, Australian, NZ) To feel contempt for some person or thing.
- Bugger''' me sideways! '''Bugger''' me, here's my bus. Well, I'm '''buggered !
(slang, British, Australian, NZ) To feel frustration with something, or to consider that something is futile.
- 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 be fatigued.
- Bugger''' this for a lark. '''Bugger this for a game of soldiers.
- I'm buggered from all that walking.
* bagarapim (Pidgin, derived from bugger up )
* bugger off
* bugger up
* bugger that for a joke
* bugger all
* play silly buggers
(slang, British, Australia, New Zealand, coarse) An expression of annoyance or displeasure.
- Bugger , I've missed the bus.
(slang, US, euphemistic, rare) Cutesy expression of very mild annoyance.
- Oh, bugger --
* See also
The Origins and Common Usage of British swear-words