Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A boogeyman.
  • noun Slang A piece of dried or semisolid nasal mucus.
  • noun Slang An item that is unnamed or unnameable.
  • noun A worthless, despicable person.
  • noun A person; a fellow.

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  • noun surfing, slang, mildly derogatory bodyboarder
  • noun US A piece of solid or semisolid mucus in or removed from the nostril.
  • noun US, slang A thing; especially a problematic or difficult thing.

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  • noun an imaginary monster used to frighten children
  • noun dried nasal mucus

Etymologies

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

[Origin unknown.]

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From boogie board.

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Alteration of the English dialectal words buggard, boggart (bug + ard).

Examples

  • She asked in a tone that was roughly equal the one she'd likely use to ask, "So, were you EVER planning on wiping that booger from the middle of your forehead?"

    Regrets

  • If your response to "You have a booger" is "Oh, that’s nice, dear," then I’ll know miscommunication has occurred!

    Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt » 2008 » September

  • I said when I went into the theater that I wouldn't be satisfied unless this booger was the worst thing I'd seen since Bloodrayne, and I was disappointed on that count.

    Off the Shelf

  • How many of you guys and gals will admit to having felt a "booger"?

    The Unexplained

  • In the south we call something ghostly or unexplainable a "booger".

    The Unexplained

  • All the judges thought Fabio's "booger" was too meatball-y and meatloaf-y, not burger-y enough.

    Top Chef All-Stars Ep. 9: Fondue and Fallon

  • I double-hate Fabio's dish because he keeps calling it a "booger" in his accent, which seems to be even more exaggerated than it was on his first season on the show, just sayin'.

    Top Chef All-Stars Ep. 9: Fondue and Fallon

  • So my primary example of substitution is using the word "booger" instead of "bugger".

    Substitution of Words

  • It might also work for folks who ordinarily dislike raisins-especially those who - if you will excuse me-go in for "booger" comparisons.

    Toast:

  • It might also work for folks who ordinarily dislike raisins-especially those who - if you will excuse me-go in for "booger" comparisons.

    Texas Grandbaby Cakes

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