bogeyman

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noun bo·gey·man \ˈbu̇-gē-ˌman, ˈbō-, ˈbü-, ˈbu̇-gər-\
variants: or less commonly

bogyman

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


BOGEYMAN Defined for English Language Learners

bogeyman

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

Definition of bogeyman for English Language Learners

  • : an imaginary monster that is used to frighten children

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

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