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boogieman

[boo g-ee-man, boo-gee-] /ˈbʊg iˌmæn, ˈbu gi-/
noun, plural boogiemen.
1.

bogeyman

or bogyman, boogerman, boogeyman, boogieman

[boo g-ee-man, boh-gee-, boo-] /ˈbʊg iˌmæn, ˈboʊ gi-, ˈbu-/
noun, plural bogeymen.
1.
an imaginary evil character of supernatural powers, especially a mythical hobgoblin supposed to carry off naughty children.
Origin of bogeyman
1885-1890
1885-90; bogey1 ( def 2 ) (variant of bogy1) + man1
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British Dictionary definitions for boogieman

bogeyman

/ˈbəʊɡɪˌmæn/
noun (pl) -men
1.
a person, real or imaginary, used as a threat, esp to children
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Word Origin and History for boogieman

bogeyman

n.

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for boogieman

boogieman

noun

An imaginary scary person or monster, an evil spirit; also, any false threat: left the light on so the boogieman won't come

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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