Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A terrifying specter; a hobgoblin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A menacing, ghost-like monster in children's stories.
  • n. Any make-believe threat, especially one used to intimidate or distract.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A goblin; a bugbear; a bogey{1}. This is the form used by parents to frighten children.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an imaginary monster used to frighten children

Etymologies

bogy +‎ -man (Wiktionary)

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