Definitions for bogeymanˈbʊg iˌmæn, ˈboʊ gi-, ˈbu-
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.