Dictionary.com
definitions
  • synonyms

booger

[boo g-er]
See more synonyms on Thesaurus.com
noun
  1. Informal. any person or thing: That shark was a mean-looking booger. Paddle the little booger and send him home.
  2. Slang. a piece of dried mucus in or from the nose.
  3. bogeyman.
  4. Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. any ghost, hobgoblin, or other frightening apparition.

Origin of booger

1865–70; perhaps variant of British dialect boggard goblin, bogy; in senses of defs 1, 2 conflated with bugger1
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for booger

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • He was breathing fast through his nose, making the booger wiggle.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • Booger flashed his badge at me too fast for me to get a good look at it, but Zit in the front seat gave me a long look at his.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • The booger one stepped right up close to me, his foot on the inside of mine.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • "You've been momentarily detained so that we can ensure your safety and the general public safety," Booger said.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • Booger had been reaching for the door handle but now he whirled on me, all Hulked out and throbbing veins.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow


Word Origin and History for booger

n.

"nasal mucus," by 1890s; earlier bugger. Also boogie.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper