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bugaboo Explained

bugaboo at CMU American English spelling Of Explained:


bugaboo at English => English (English Etymology) Of Explained:

1740, probably an alteration of bugbear (see big), but connected by Chapman with Bugibu, demon in the O.Fr. poem "Aliscans" from 1141, which is perhaps of Celtic origin (cf. Cornish bucca-boo, from bucca "bogle, goblin"). ///

bugaboo at English => English (Longman) Of Explained:

n [C] AmE [Date: 1700-1800; Origin: Probably from a Celtic language]// something that makes people anxious or afraid//

Bugaboo at English => English (Websters 1913) Of Explained:

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, used to frighten
children, etc. ``Bugaboos to fright ye.'' --Lloyd.

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

The bugaboo of the liberals is the church pray. --S. B.

The great bugaboo of the birds is the owl. --J.

Syn: Hobgoblin; goblin; specter; ogre; scarecrow.

bugaboo at English => English (WordNet) Of Explained:

n 1: an imaginary monster used to frighten children [syn: {bogeyman},
{bugbear}, {boogeyman}, {booger}]
2: a source of concern; "the old bugaboo of inflation still
bothers them"

bugaboo at English (WD) Of Explained:



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  • Inter: alternative spelling of » bug-a-boo

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