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 :a monstrous imaginary figure used in threatening children
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

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First Known Use of bogeyman

1890


BOGEYMAN Defined for English Language Learners

bogeyman

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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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