Definitions for bogeymanˈbʊg iˌmæn, ˈboʊ gi-, ˈbu-
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Random House Webster's College Dictionary
bo•gey•manˈbʊg iˌmæn, ˈboʊ gi-, ˈbu-(n.)(pl.)-men.
an imaginary evil character of supernatural powers, esp. a mythical hobgoblin supposed to carry off naughty children.
Category: Common Vocabulary
Origin of bogeyman:
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.
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