bugaboo

[ buhg-uh-boo ]
/ ˈbʌg əˌbu /

noun, plural bug·a·boos.

something that causes fear or worry; bugbear; bogy.

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Origin of bugaboo

1730–40; earlier buggybow.See bogy1, boo1
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British Dictionary definitions for bugaboo

bugaboo
/ (ˈbʌɡəˌbuː) /

noun plural -boos

an imaginary source of fear; bugbear; bogey

Word Origin for bugaboo

C18: probably of Celtic origin; compare Cornish buccaboo the devil
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