- something that causes fear or worry; bugbear; bogy.
Origin of bugaboo
Examples from the Web for 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
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 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").