[ boo g-ee-man, boo-gee- ]
/ ˈbʊg iˌmæn, ˈbu gi- /
noun, plural boog·ie·men.
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or bo·gy·man, boog·er·man, boog·ey·man, boog·ie·man
[ boo g-ee-man, boh-gee-, boo- ]
/ ˈbʊg iˌmæn, ˈboʊ gi-, ˈbu- /
noun, plural bo·gey·men.
an imaginary evil character of supernatural powers, especially a mythical hobgoblin supposed to carry off naughty children.
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British Dictionary definitions for boogieman
/ (ˈbəʊɡɪˌmæn) /
noun plural -men
a person, real or imaginary, used as a threat, esp to children
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