Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of noun bug

5 senses of bug

Sense 1
bug -- (general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate)
       => insect -- (small air-breathing arthropod)

Sense 2
bug, glitch -- (a fault or defect in a computer program, system, or machine)
       => defect, fault, flaw -- (an imperfection in an object or machine; "a flaw caused the crystal to shatter"; "if there are any defects you should send it back to the manufacturer")

Sense 3
bug -- (a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly)
       => microphone, mike -- (device for converting sound waves into electrical energy)

Sense 4
hemipterous insect, bug, hemipteran, hemipteron -- (insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis)
       => insect -- (small air-breathing arthropod)

Sense 5
microbe, bug, germ -- (a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use)
       => microorganism, micro-organism -- (any organism of microscopic size)

Synonyms/Hypernyms (Ordered by Estimated Frequency) of verb bug

2 senses of bug

Sense 1
tease, badger, pester, bug, beleaguer -- (annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer")
       => torment, rag, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate -- (treat cruelly; "The children tormented the stuttering teacher")

Sense 2
wiretap, tap, intercept, bug -- (tap a telephone or telegraph wire to get information; "The FBI was tapping the phone line of the suspected spy"; "Is this hotel room bugged?")
       => listen in, eavesdrop -- (listen without the speaker's knowledge; "the jealous man was eavesdropping on his wife's conversations")

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