Definition of bugaboo
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
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
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.
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.
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Origin and Etymology of bugaboo
earlier buggybow, bugger-bo, of unknown origin
First Known Use: 1598See Words from the same year
BUGABOO Defined for English Language Learners
Definition of bugaboo for English Language Learners
: something that makes people very worried or upset
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