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bugger off


to leave immediately


motion verb (walking, flying, swimming, etc.)


Britain | intransitive | rude | usually imperative

Past tense:

buggered off

Present participle:

buggering off

3rd-person singular present:

buggers off

Type of:


Original source:

Princeton WordNet


naff off [Britain, usually imperative] | bog off [Britain, rude, usually imperative] | bug off [rude, usually imperative] | buzz off [rude, usually imperative] | fuck off [obscenity, usually imperative] | get [rude, usually imperative] | get lost [rude, usually imperative] | piss off [Britain, obscenity, usually imperative] | scram [rude, usually imperative] | sod off [Britain, rude, usually imperative]


probably short for bugger off
(Source: Merriam-Webster)  [more]

Definition references



a slang word. The term is a general-purpose expletive, used to imply dissatisfaction, or used to refer to someone or something whose behaviour is in some way displeasing. The term is used in the vernacular British English, Australian English, Canadian ... (40 of 1503 words)


Collins Dictionary:

bugger off [intransitive, British, slang] | depart [synonym]

to go away; depart (4 of 447 words, 9 usage examples)



bugger off [slang, British] | leave [synonym] | depart [synonym] | bail [synonym] | bail out [synonym] | begone [synonym] | book [slang, synonym] | go [British, slang, synonym] | bug off [British, slang, synonym] | ...

"leave", "depart" [often used as a command] (7 of 162 words, 1 usage example)

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/bugger off

Random House Dictionary:

bugger | bugger up [sense-specific] | bugger off [sense-specific] | damn [slang, synonym, sense-specific]

[informal] a fellow or lad (used affectionately or abusively). | [informal] any object or thing. | [vulgar] a sodomite. | [British, slang] ; a ... (21 of 104 words, 10 definitions, 2 usage examples, pronunciations)


American Heritage Dictionary:

bugger | buggered [past tense] | buggering [present participle] | buggers [3rd-person singular present] | bugger off

[vulgar] A sodomite. | [slang] A contemptible or disreputable person. | [slang] A fellow; a chap | To practice sodomy. | To practice sodomy with. | To ... (22 of 83 words, 8 definitions, 1 usage example, pronunciations)


Macmillan British Dictionary:

bugger off [intransitive, British, impolite] | buggered off [past tense] | buggering off [present participle] | buggers off [3rd-person singular present]

[imperative] used for telling someone rudely to go away | to leave or go away (14 of 59 words, 2 definitions)


Cambridge Dictionary:

bugger off [British, offensive]

to leave or go away, used especially as a rude way of telling someone to go away (17 of 39 words, 2 usage examples)


Oxford Dictionary:

bugger off [imperative]

go away. | See parent entry "bugger" (6 of 32 words, 2 definitions)

oxforddictionaries​.com​/definition​/english​/bugger off 1


bugger off | buggered off [past tense] | buggering off [present participle] | buggers off [3rd-person singular present] | get lost [synonym, sense-specific] | fuck off [synonym, sense-specific] | go away [synonym, sense-specific]

[idiomatic, vulgar, emphatic, informal, dismissal] Go away. | [idiomatic, vulgar, emphatic, informal] An expression of disagreement or disbelief. | [intransitive, idiomatic, vulgar] To leave, go away, disappear. (25 of 27 words, 3 definitions, 2 usage examples)

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New World Dictionary:

scram [United States] | scrammed [past tense] | scramming [present participle]

[slang] to leave or get out, especially in a hurry: often used in the imperative | to manually or automatically shut down (a nuclear reactor) usually ... (25 of 47 words, 3 definitions, pronunciation)


Britannica Encyclopedia:

get [Jewish document] | Gett | Geṭ ("bill of divorce") [Hebrew] | Gittin [plural]

Jewish document of divorce written in Aramaic according to a prescribed formula. Orthodox and Conservative Jews recognize it as the only valid ... (22 of 256 words)


Encarta Dictionary:

bugger off [British, taboo]

a highly offensive term meaning to go away or get out (11 of 22 words)

encarta​.msn​.com​/dictionary 561502075​/definition​.html  [offline]

Etymology reference


bug off

First use: 1971

Origin: probably short for bugger off

www​.merriam-webster​.com​/dictionary​/bug off

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