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[boo g-ee-man, boh-gee-, boo-] /ˈbʊg iˌmæn, ˈboʊ gi-, ˈbu-/
noun, plural bogeymen.
an imaginary evil character of supernatural powers, especially a mythical hobgoblin supposed to carry off naughty children.
Origin of bogeyman
1885-90; bogey (variant of bogy1) + man1 Unabridged
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  • And leave your politics under your bed with the bogeyman, thanks.
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British Dictionary definitions for bogeyman


noun (pl) -men
a person, real or imaginary, used as a threat, esp to children
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Word Origin and History for bogeyman

16c.; see bogey (n.1) + man (n.).

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