Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Vulgar Slang A sodomite.
  • n. Slang A contemptible or disreputable person.
  • n. Slang A fellow; a chap: "He's a silly little bugger, then” ( John le Carré).
  • intransitive v. To practice sodomy.
  • transitive v. To practice sodomy with.
  • transitive v. To damn.
  • bugger off Chiefly British Slang To leave someone alone; go away.
  • n. One who installs electronic bugs.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A heretic.
  • n. Someone who commits buggery; a sodomite.
  • n. A foolish or worthless person or thing; a despicable person.
  • n. A situation that causes dismay.
  • n. Someone viewed with affection; a chap.
  • n. A damn, anything at all.
  • n. Someone who is very fond of something
  • n. A rough synonym for whippersnapper.
  • v. To sodomize.
  • v. To break or ruin.
  • v. To be surprised.
  • v. To feel contempt for some person or thing.
  • v. To feel frustration with something, or to consider that something is futile.
  • v. To be fatigued.
  • interj. An expression of annoyance or displeasure.
  • interj. Cutesy expression of very mild annoyance.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. One guilty of buggery or unnatural vice; a sodomite.
  • n. A wretch; -- sometimes used humorously or in playful disparagement.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. One guilty of the crime of bestiality: vulgarly used as a general term of contumely, without reference to its meaning.
  • n. A collector of bugs or insects; an entomologist.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. practice anal sex upon
  • n. someone who engages in anal copulation (especially a male who engages in anal copulation with another male)

Etymologies

Middle English bougre, heretic, from Old French boulgre, from Medieval Latin Bulgarus; see Bulgar.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From French bougre, from Medieval Latin Bulgarus ("Bulgarian"), used in designation of heretics to whom various unnatural practices were ascribed. (Wiktionary)

Examples

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  • Poor little guys?

    October 25, 2010

  • blighter is Brit too isn't it?

    If it's boys, maybe mites or tykes?

    Tough one.

    October 25, 2010

  • the poor blighters

    October 25, 2010

  • Okay, I know what this word means according to dictionaries, but when a mother says it of her young, rambunctious boys (for example), that's certainly NOT the meaning she's ascribing.

    I'm looking for a synonym in the phrase "the poor buggers," that doesn't use the original word I was thinking of ("bastards") and does not sound British ("sods"). Any suggestions?

    I also found this interesting conversation.

    October 25, 2010

  • (liquor buggers us,
    nathless 'Human kind
    cannot bear very

    much reality')...

    - Peter Reading, 5x5x5x5x5, 1983

    July 4, 2008