Bogeyman - definition, pronunciation, transcription

Amer.  |ˈboʊɡimæn|  American pronunciation of the word bogeyman
Brit.  |ˈbəʊɡɪman|  British pronunciation of the word bogeyman

noun

- an imaginary monster used to frighten children (syn: booger, boogeyman, bugaboo, bugbear)

Examples

Manson was and remains America's number one bogeyman.

My aunt used to say to my sister and me, “The bogeyman will get you if you're bad.”

a politician who is the familiar bogeyman of conservatives

If you don't do what Mommy tells you, the bogeyman is going to get you.

Word forms

noun
singular: bogeyman
plural: bogeymen
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