[boo g-er-man, boo-ger-]

noun, plural boog·er·men.

South Midland and Southern U.S. bogeyman.

Nearby words

  1. boodle,
  2. boody,
  3. boofhead,
  4. boofy,
  5. booger,
  6. boogeyman,
  7. boogie,
  8. boogie board,
  9. boogie-woogie,
  10. boogieman

Origin of boogerman

blend of booger and bogeyman


or bo·gy·man, boog·er·man, boog·ey·man, boog·ie·man

[boo g-ee-man, boh-gee-, boo-]

noun, plural bo·gey·men.

an imaginary evil character of supernatural powers, especially a mythical hobgoblin supposed to carry off naughty children.

Origin of bogeyman

1885–90; bogey1 (variant of bogy1, in the sense “a hobgoblin, evil spirit”) + man1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for boogerman


noun plural -men

a person, real or imaginary, used as a threat, esp to children
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Word Origin and History for boogerman



16c.; see bogey (n.1) + man (n.).

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