Bugaboo Bug`a*boo", Bugbear Bug"bear`, n. [See {Bug}.] Something frightful, as a specter; anything imaginary that causes needless fright; something used to excite needless fear; also, something really dangerous, or an imaginary monster, used to frighten children, etc. ``Bugaboos to fright ye.'' --Lloyd. [1913 Webster]

But, to the world no bugbear is so great As want of figure and a small estate. --Pope. [1913 Webster]

The bugaboo of the liberals is the church pray. --S. B. Griffin. [1913 Webster]

The great bugaboo of the birds is the owl. --J. Burroughs. [1913 Webster]

2. a source of concern; as, the old bugaboo of inflation still bothers them. [WordNet 1.5]

Syn: Hobgoblin; goblin; specter; ogre; scarecrow; bogeyman; boogeyman; booger. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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