Examples of bugaboo in a Sentence
politicians complaining about that old bugaboo, high oil prices
doing one's tax returns are a real bugaboo for some people
Recent Examples of bugaboo from the Web
Connecticut and Illinois are the poster states for that old bugaboo of pension and retiree health obligations.
The woes inside the division have been a year-long bugaboo.
And this one is free of all the nasty jungle bugaboos that usually enjoy dining on visitors.
All have been bugaboos of conservative Republicans for many years.
While Democrats deal with the bugaboo of real or imagined tax-hikes, Englund is likely to hear often and loudly about her party’s national standard-bearer: Donald Trump.
Eovaldi unraveled quickly, undone by the same bugaboo that has bothered him all month.
Pineda gave up three runs in another rough first inning — his season-long bugaboo — and allowed a two-run homer by Evan Longoria in the second.
There are dozens of autism mailing lists, specializing in diet, allergies, gastrointestinal problems, and the real bugaboo – vaccines, which many parents believe to be the cause of the condition.
These example sentences are selected automatically from various online news sources to reflect current usage of the word 'bugaboo.' Views expressed in the examples do not represent the opinion of Merriam-Webster or its editors. Send us feedback.
Origin and Etymology of bugaboo
First Known Use: 1598See Words from the same year
Synonymsbête noire, black beast, bogey, bugbear, dread, hobgoblin, ogre
Related Wordsapparition, ghost, phantasm (also fantasm), phantom, poltergeist, shade, specter (or spectre), spirit, spook, wraith; banshee, bogeyman (also bogyman), demon (or daemon), devil, fiend, ghoul, imp, incubus; fright, horrible, horror, monster, monstrosity, terror; bane, curse, enemy, plague, scourge, torment; abomination, anathema
BUGABOO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bugaboo for English Language Learners
: something that makes people very worried or upset
Seen and Heard
What made you want to look up bugaboo? Please tell us where you read or heard it (including the quote, if possible).