how to pronounce bug


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the above transcription of bug is a detailed (narrow) transcription according to the rules of the International Phonetic Association; you can find a description of each symbol by clicking the phoneme buttons in the secction below.

bug is pronounced in one syllable

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An example use of bug in a speech by a native speaker of american english:

“… would you cook a bug i would cook a bug …”

meanings of bug


  1. A manually positioned marker in flight instruments.
  2. A small, usually transparent or translucent image placed in a corner of a television program to indicate what network or cable channel is televising it.
  3. A concealed electronic eavesdropping or intercept device.
  4. A small and usually invisible file (traditionally a single-pixel image) on a World Wide Web page, primarily used to track users.
  5. Synonym of union bug.
  6. Any insect, arachnid, myriapod or entognath.
  7. A problem that needs fixing.
  8. Any insect, arachnid, or other terrestrial arthropod that is a pest.
  9. An insect of the order Hemiptera (the “true bugs").
  10. Hobgoblin, scarecrow; anything that terrifies.
  11. Synonym of oil bug.
  12. A Volkswagen Beetle car.
  13. A Bugatti car.
  14. An enthusiasm for something; an obsession.
  15. A contagious illness; a bacterium or virus causing it.
  16. A limited form of wild card in some variants of poker.
  17. A bedbug.
  18. HIV.
  19. A keen enthusiast or hobbyist.
  20. A trilobite.
  21. Any of various species of marine or freshwater crustaceans; e.g. a Moreton Bay bug, mudbug.
  22. A young apprentice jockey.
  23. A semi-automated telegraph key.


  1. To install an electronic listening device or devices in.
  2. To annoy.


  1. A river flowing northwest 450 miles between Belarus and Poland.
  2. A river in Ukraine, flowing 530 miles to the Dnieper estuary.

bug frequency in english - B2 level of CEFR

the word bug occurs in english on average 18 times per one million words; this frequency warrants it to be in the study list for B2 level of language mastery according to CEFR, the Common European Framework of Reference.

topics bug can be related to

it is hard to perfectly classify words into specific topics since each word can have many context of its use, but our machine-learning models believe that bug can be often used in the following areas:

1) life, nature, and living environment;

2) transport and travel;

words with pronunciation similar to bug


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