English, South African EnglishShow more English rugger rugby + bugger (see note at bugger on the use of this word in South African English.
An aggressively masculine (young) male, fanatical about sport, enthusiastic about group drunkenness, chauvinistic towards women, and usually partial to all-male gatherings; bugger sense 1 a; RB. Also attributive.See also mannoun2 sense 1 a.
1970ForumVol.6No.2, 59Roared with laughter they did, foolishly as any rugger-buggers.
1975Fair Lady 1 Oct. 67The boy’s father may have been, in local parlance, a ruggerbugger who did nothing more strenuous in the house than call for another beer.
1983Grocott’s Mail 18 Feb. 13Rugger-bugger,..(1) A person who wears shorts in Winter. (2) Person who adopts the 3-P’s philosophy: pubcrawls, piss-ups and puking. (3) A term used by Lefties to label anyone who disagrees with them. (4) A Person who takes a rugby ball to bed.
1989J. HobbsThoughts in Makeshift Mortuary 145The student body divided quite neatly into four factions: the studious, the rugger buggers, the social set and the lefties.
1990T. Seale inWeekend Argus 9 June 6I’m sure that like many people on the periphery of the game I had a picture of rugby players as rugger-buggers, but they are really extraordinary people with political opinions that lean mainly towards the left of South African politics.
1991Personality 18 Mar. 14Lets get down to a bit of hard core rugger-bugger talk now as we ‘ambush the pub and slaat a coupla pints over a bit of comm’ (go to the pub and have a few beers and a chat).
An aggressively masculine (young) male, fanatical about sport, enthusiastic about group drunkenness, chauvinistic towards women, and usually partial to all-male gatherings; bugger1 a; RB. Also attributive.
Hence rugger-buggerquasi-adjective, of the life-style of rugger-buggers; ruggerbuggerdomnoun, the state of being a ruggerbugger.
1983Grocott’s Mail 18 Feb.The Vic, (n.) Night-time haunt of those inclined towards ruggerbuggerdom with an aptitude for weaving between lamp-posts and trees late at night on foot.
1990J. Michell inStyle Nov. 62At the top of our list, because it was recommended so often, is The Cattleman which, we were warned, is ‘rather rugger bugger’.
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