Definitions for: Bugaboo


[n] a source of concern; "the old bugaboo of inflation still bothers them"
[n] an imaginary monster used to frighten children



Webster (1913) Definition: Bug`a*boo", Bugbear Bug"bear`, n. [See Bug.]
Something frightful, as a specter; anything imaginary that
causes needless fright; something used to excite needless
fear; also, something really dangerous, used to frighten
children, etc. ``Bugaboos to fright ye.'' --Lloyd.

But, to the world no bugbear is so great As want of
figure and a small estate. --Pope.

The bugaboo of the liberals is the church pray. --S. B.
Griffin.

The great bugaboo of the birds is the owl. --J.
Burroughs.

Syn: Hobgoblin; goblin; specter; ogre; scarecrow.

Synonyms: bogeyman, booger, boogeyman, bugbear

See Also: concern, headache, monster, vexation, worry

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