bugaboo

noun bug·a·boo \ ˈbə-gə-ˌbü \

Definition of bugaboo

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

Examples of bugaboo in a Sentence

  1. politicians complaining about that old bugaboo, high oil prices

  2. doing one's tax returns are a real bugaboo for some people

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Origin and Etymology of bugaboo

earlier buggybow, bugger-bo, of unknown origin


BUGABOO Defined for English Language Learners

bugaboo

noun

Definition of bugaboo for English Language Learners

  • : something that makes people very worried or upset



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