Definitions

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

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

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

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  • noun an imaginary monster used to frighten children

Etymologies

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bogy +‎ -man

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