noun bug·a·boo \ˈbə-gə-ˌbü\

: something that makes people very worried or upset

plural bug·a·boos

Full Definition of BUGABOO

:  an imaginary object of fear
:  bugbear 2; also :  something that causes fear or distress out of proportion to its importance

Examples of BUGABOO

  1. politicians complaining about that old bugaboo, high oil prices
  2. <doing one's tax returns are a real bugaboo for some people>

Origin of BUGABOO

earlier buggybow, bugger-bo, of unknown origin
First Known Use: 1598


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