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[boo g-er] /ˈbʊg ər/
Informal. any person or thing:
That shark was a mean-looking booger. Paddle the little booger and send him home.
Slang. a piece of dried mucus in or from the nose.
Chiefly South Midland and Southern U.S. any ghost, hobgoblin, or other frightening apparition.
Origin of booger
British dialect
1865-70; perhaps variant of British dialect boggard goblin, bogy; in senses of defs 1, 2 conflated with bugger1 Unabridged
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  • He was breathing fast through his nose, making the booger wiggle.

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

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  • 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.

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

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

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Word Origin and History for booger

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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A piece of nasal mucus

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[1890s+; an extension of bugger, ''nasal mucus'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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