Definitions

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

  • noun A terrifying specter; a hobgoblin.

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

  • noun Something frightful, as a specter; anything imaginary that causes needless fright; something used to excite needless fear; also, something really dangerous, or an imaginary monster, used to frighten children, etc.

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  • noun Alternative spelling of bogeyman.

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

  • noun an imaginary monster used to frighten children

Etymologies

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boogey +‎ -man

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