identical to Bugaboo
- To alarm with idle phantoms
- an imaginary monster used to frighten young ones
- an object of fear or apprehension
- some thing frightful, as a specter; something imaginary that triggers unnecessary fright; anything familiar with excite unnecessary fear; additionally, something actually dangerous, accustomed frighten children, etc.
- Same as Bugaboo.
- Causing unnecessary fright.
- To alarm with idle phantoms.
1580s, a kind of demon in the shape of a bear that consumes young children, also "object of dread" (whether genuine or perhaps not), from obsolete bug "goblin, scarecrow" (see bug (letter.)) + bear (n.).
(letter.) anything frightful, as a specter; everything imaginary that creates unnecessary fright; some thing used to excite unnecessary concern; in addition, some thing truly dangerous, accustomed frighten young ones, etc.
- (letter.) just like Bugaboo.
- (a.) Causing needless fright.
- (v. t.) To alarm with idle phantoms.
He was the hero of the one side, just as he was the bugbear of the other.