bug-a-boo at English (WD) Of Explained:
Alternative forms* bugaboo
Pronunciation* Inter: audio » en-us-bugaboo.ogg|Audio (US)
EtymologyInter: compound » bug|a|boo
NounInter: en-nou » n
|title=London review of English and foreign literature
|passage=The German ubu, as well as the French bibou, is also used for bug-a-boo, hobgoblin, or any other fantastical, terrific nocturnal object.
- Any imagined fear or threat, or a fear presumed larger than it really is.
- 1949 - George R. Stewart Category: w - :Earth_Abides|Earth Abides, p. 80
- : ...a fear had come upon them, and they had a kind of bug-a-boo terror about roving gangsters.
- Inter: quote-book »
|author=Gerald Stanley Lee
|passage=There is the Goody-good Bug-a-boo, the Consistency Bug-a-boo, and the Bug-a-boo that Thomas Jefferson if he were living now, would never never ride in a carriage.
Each of these bug-a-boos in the general mistiness and muddleheadedness of the time can be seen going about, saying "Boo! Boo!" to this democracy ...
See also* bogey
Translation: io » bug-a-boo