[ 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

1865–70; perhaps variant of British dialect boggard goblin, bogy; in senses of defs 1, 2 conflated with bugger1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Word Origin and History for booger



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper