[boog-ee-man, boh-gee-, boo-]
noun, plural bogeymen.
an imaginary evil character of supernatural powers, especially a mythical hobgoblin supposed to carry off naughty children.

1885–90; bogey (variant of bogy1) + man1 Unabridged
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bogeyman (ˈbəʊɡɪˌmæn)
n , pl -men
a person, real or imaginary, used as a threat, esp to children

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Word Origin & History

16c., see bogey (1).
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