from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. A bugaboo.
- n. A fearsome imaginary creature, especially one evoked to frighten children.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An ongoing problem; a recurring obstacle or adversity.
- n. A source of dread; resentment; or irritation.
- n. An imaginary creature meant to inspire fear in children.
- v. To alarm with idle phantoms.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Same as bugaboo.
- transitive v. To alarm with idle phantoms.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Something that causes terror; especially, something that causes needless fright or apprehension.
- Occasioning causeless fear: as, “such bugbear thoughts,”
- To alarm with imaginary or idle fears.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. an imaginary monster used to frighten children
- n. an object of dread or apprehension
Obsolete bug, hobgoblin (from Middle English bugge, perhaps from Welsh bwg) + bear2.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)