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bogeyman

noun bo·gey·man \ˈbu̇-gē-ˌman, ˈbō-, ˈbü-, ˈbu̇-gər-\

Simple Definition of bogeyman

  • : an imaginary monster that is used to frighten children

  • : a person who is hated or feared by a group of people

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bogeyman

  1. 1 :  a monstrous imaginary figure used in threatening children

  2. 2 :  a terrifying or dreaded person or thing :  bugbear

Examples of bogeyman in a sentence

  1. My aunt used to say to my sister and me, The bogeyman will get you if you're bad.

  2. a politician who is the familiar bogeyman of conservatives



1890

First Known Use of bogeyman

1890

Variants of bogeyman

also bogyman play \ˈbu̇-gē-ˌman, ˈbō-, ˈbü-, ˈbu̇-gər-\

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