- something that causes fear or worry; bugbear; bogy.
Origin of bugaboo
Related Words for bugaboohobgoblin, ogre, fright, bugbear, alarm, bogeyman, bogey, scare, goblin, specter, bogy, scarecrow
Examples from the Web for bugaboo
Contemporary Examples of bugaboo
Gwyneth Paltrow wheeled her daughter Apple around London in a Bugaboo pram.
Not exactly a Bugaboo, sure, but it does have a nifty one-hand folding feature and weighs only 11 pounds.
Can we return the souped-up Bugaboo strollers and turn off the shiny iPhone rattles in favor of simpler tools for raising a child?Parent Like a Caveman
October 11, 2010
Over-optimistic forecasts, coupled with underperformance, have long been a GM bugaboo.Behind GM's Shock Shakeup
December 1, 2009
Historical Examples of bugaboo
The big boiler, the "bugaboo" of my dreams all summer, lay on the bank.A Labrador Doctor
Wilfred Thomason Grenfell
Latin was still a bugaboo to Steve, but it, too, was getting easier.Left End Edwards
Ralph Henry Barbour
Knowing my horse, I put him at the Emperor's head, and Bugaboo went at it like a shot.Burlesques
William Makepeace Thackeray
He either did not see me, or else decided that I was not a bugaboo.Our Bird Comrades
Leander S. (Leander Sylvester) Keyser
As a bugaboo, the mere fact that you have money does not frighten me in the least, Mr. Morgan.Frank Merriwell's Triumph
Burt L. Standish
- an imaginary source of fear; bugbear; bogey
Word Origin for bugaboo
Word Origin and History for bugaboo
1843, earlier buggybow (1740), probably an alteration of bugbear (also see bug (n.)), but connected by Chapman ["Dictionary of American Slang"] with Bugibu, demon in the Old French poem "Aliscans" from 1141, which is perhaps of Celtic origin (cf. Cornish bucca-boo, from bucca "bogle, goblin").