To bug is to spy on someone or to listen to their conversations without their permission. Sometimes people use the word to describe the act of entering someone's home without their permission.

  • They were bugging my office all day.

  • The police were bugging the suspect's house.

Definition of bugging


To annoy.


To install an electronic listening device or devices in.


Electronic surveillance.

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Example Sentences for bugging

  • 1

    The most notorious bug lives in his house.

  • 2

    There are many different kids of bugs living on sod.

  • 3

    The bug defoliated the leaves.

  • 4

    The scientist besected the bug.

  • 5

    All the shouting is bugging the neighbors.

  • 6

    Stink bugs hibernate in the winter.

  • 7

    The Chinese bug was in the sofa cushion.

  • 8

    The bug is in the mind of some people.

  • 9

    The bugs feed on Birch and Alder.

  • 10

    They often bugged their little sister.