bullbeggar

Bullbeggar

Bull"beg`gar\, n. Something used or suggested to produce terror, as in children or persons of weak mind; a bugbear.

And being an ill-looked fellow, he has a pension from the church wardens for being bullbeggar to all the forward children in the parish. --Mountfort (1691).
Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary, © 1996, 1998 MICRA, Inc.
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