Did you know?

Click any word in a definition or example to find the entry for that word


 - definition

What are red words?

90% of the time, speakers of English use just 7,500 words in speech and writing. These words appear in red, and are graded with stars. One-star words are frequent, two-star words are more frequent, and three-star words are the most frequent.



The thesaurus of synonyms and related words is fully integrated into the dictionary entries. Click on the T button in an entry to review the synonyms and related words for that meaning.

verb [transitive] bug pronunciation in British English /bʌɡ/ 
Word Forms
present tense
present participlebugging
past tensebugged
past participlebugged
  1. 1
    informal to annoy someone

    It really bugs me when people smoke in restaurants.

    1. a.
      to continue asking someone to do something in a way that annoys them
      bug someone to do something:

      She keeps bugging me to paint the kitchen.

phrasal verbs


a paid holiday given to a new employee before they start their job

BuzzWord Article

Open Dictionary

selfie stick

an expandable stick which you attach to a mobile phone or camera to help you take a selfie …

add a word


A must for anyone with an interest in the changing face of language. The Macmillan Dictionary blog explores English as it is spoken around the world today.

global English and language change from our blog