bogeyman, bugbear, bugaboo, boogeyman, booger(noun)
an imaginary monster used to frighten children
A menacing, ghost-like monster in children's stories.
Any make-believe threat, especially one used to intimidate or distract.
The alleged link between Saddam Hussein and al-Qaeda turned out to be a bogeyman.
A bogeyman is an amorphous imaginary being used by adults to frighten children into compliant behaviour. The monster has no specific appearance, and conceptions about it can vary drastically from household to household within the same community; in many cases, he has no set appearance in the mind of an adult or child, but is simply a non-specific embodiment of terror. Parents may tell their children that if they misbehave, the bogeyman will get them. Bogeymen may target a specific mischief — for instance, a bogeyman that punishes children who suck their thumbs — or general misbehavior, depending on what purpose needs serving. In some cases, the bogeyman is a nickname for the devil. Bogeyman tales vary by region. The bogeyman is usually a masculine entity but can be any gender or simply androgynous.
The numerical value of bogeyman in Chaldean Numerology is: 1
The numerical value of bogeyman in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1
Sample Sentences & Example Usage
Terry Norman is in a sense the second gunman on the grassy knoll ... He's been kind of a handy bogeyman or a red herring.
The accusation is so juvenile and ludicrous it cannot be taken seriously, if this rumor was even remotely credible, someone here in Wisconsin would have alerted the media and filed a complaint with the Elections Commission. Rural Wisconsin voters, who have a history of voting Democrat in presidential elections, decided that they had enough of the far left policies of President Obama and they took it out on Clinton. For the Democratic Party to attempt to blame their widespread defeat on an imaginary bogeyman is comical and a little sad.
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- home del sacCatalan, Valencian
- bøhmand, bussemandDanish
- coco, cucoSpanish
- ブギーマン, 小鬼Japanese
- bubulis, baubasLithuanian
- домовой, страшилище, пугало, бабай, букаRussian
- бабарога, babarogaSerbo-Croatian
- hortlak, gulyabani, öcüTurkish
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