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[boo g-ee-man, boo-gee-]
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noun, plural boog·ie·men.
  1. bogeyman.
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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.
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Origin of bogeyman

1885–90; bogey1 (variant of bogy1, in the sense “a hobgoblin, evil spirit”) + man1
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Related Words for boogieman

phantom, hobgoblin, monster, bugbear, visitant, apparition, bugaboo, bogeyman, specter, boggle, phantasma, spook, goblin, phantasm, spirit, wraith, boogeyman, bogey, bogle, bogyman

British Dictionary definitions for boogieman


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 boogieman



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

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