Definition of Bughouse

1. Noun. (US slang) A flea-infested hotel, lodging-house etc. ¹



2. Noun. (US slang) A prison. ¹

3. Noun. (US slang) A hospital, especially a lunatic asylum. ¹

4. Noun. (South Africa slang) A cheap and dirty cinema. ¹

5. Adjective. (US slang) Crazy, insane. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Bughouse

1. an insane asylum [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bughouse

buggers
buggers off
buggier
buggies
buggiest
buggin
bugginess
bugginesses
bugging
bugging out
buggings
buggins
buggy
buggy whip
bughouse (current term)
bughouse chess
bughouses
bugle
bugle call
bugled
bugler
buglers
bugles
bugless
buglet
buglets
bugleweed
bugleweeds
buglike

Literary usage of Bughouse

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1. Tramping with Tramps: Studies and Sketches of Vagabond Life by Josiah Flynt, Josiah Flynt Willard (1899)
"I wuz nearly bughouse meself. Ef that train hed only hauled np! Ef I bed only kept 'er from ever gettin' on to it! I e'n'd n' hold 'er, I e'n'd n' speak to ..."

2. The Hohenzollerns in America: With the Bolsheviks in Berlin and Other by Stephen Leacock (1919)
"“I met Shortis the other night in the street,” went on Mr. bughouse, “and he said, ‘Come on up to my room in the hotel.' ‘Oh,', I said, ‘I can't very well. ..."

3. The Powers that Prey by Josiah Flynt, Alfred Hodder (1900)
"I don't know the whole o' the details, but I know enough of 'em to understand that it's a case o' grouch an' not bughouse. ..."

4. The Story of Polar Conquest: The Complete History of Arctic and Antarctic by Logan Marshall (1913)
"Here one of my Eskimos went temporarily ‘bughouse,' and, stripped to the waist ... The husky who was bughouse the night before thawed it out on his stomach. ..."

5. Songs of a Sourdough by Robert William Service (1908)
"It put me queer, and for near a year I never drew sober breath, Till I found myself in the bughouse ward with a claim staked out on death. ..."

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