1. bug, insect

usage: general term for any insect or similar creeping or crawling invertebrate

2. bug, glitch, defect, fault, flaw

usage: a fault or defect in a computer program, system, or machine

3. bug, microphone, mike

usage: a small hidden microphone; for listening secretly

4. hemipterous insect, bug, hemipteran, hemipteron, insect

usage: insects with sucking mouthparts and forewings thickened and leathery at the base; usually show incomplete metamorphosis

5. microbe, bug, germ, microorganism, micro-organism

usage: a minute life form (especially a disease-causing bacterium); the term is not in technical use


1. tease, badger, pester, bug, beleaguer, torment, rag, bedevil, crucify, dun, frustrate

usage: annoy persistently; "The children teased the boy because of his stammer"

2. wiretap, tap, intercept, bug, listen in, eavesdrop

usage: 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?"

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