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or boog·ie·man or boog·y·man or bo·gey·man  (bo͝og′ē-măn′, bo͞o′gē-, bō′gē-)
A terrifying specter; a hobgoblin.


n, pl -men
a US name for bogeyman


(ˈbʊg iˌmæn, ˈboʊ gi-, ˈbu-)

also boogeyman

n., pl. -men.
an imaginary evil character of supernatural powers, esp. a mythical hobgoblin supposed to carry off naughty children.
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Noun1.boogeyman - an imaginary monster used to frighten childrenboogeyman - an imaginary monster used to frighten children
monster - an imaginary creature usually having various human and animal parts
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