boogeyman

[boo g-ee-man, boo-gee-]
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Origin of boogeyman

First recorded in 1840–50; variant of bogyman

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.
  1. 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
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British Dictionary definitions for boogeyman

bogeyman

noun plural -men
  1. a person, real or imaginary, used as a threat, esp to children
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Word Origin and History for boogeyman

bogeyman

n.

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

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