Definitions for: Bugbear

[n] an object of dread or apprehension; "Germany was always a bugbear for France"; "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"--Ralph Waldo Emerson
[n] an imaginary monster used to frighten children

Webster (1913) Definition: Bug"bear`, n.
Same as Bugaboo. -- a. Causing needless fright. --Locke.

Bug"bear`, v. t.
To alarm with idle phantoms.

Synonyms: bogeyman, booger, boogeyman, bugaboo, hobgoblin

See Also: monster, object

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