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bugaboo

noun

1 bugaboo

An imaginary monster used to frighten children.

synonyms: bogeyman, booger, boogeyman, bugbear.

Roget 669: alarm; alarum, larum, alarm bell, tocsin, alerts, beat of drum, sound of trumpet, note of alarm, hue and cry, fire cross, signal of distress; blue lights; ... show more

Roget 860: fear, timidity, diffidence, want of confidence; apprehensiveness, fearfulness etc. adj.; solicitude, anxiety, care, apprehension, misgiving; feeze [U.S.]; ... show more

Dutch: boeman



2 bugaboo

A source of concern.


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