Definition of Bugbear

1. Noun. An imaginary monster used to frighten children.

Exact synonyms: Bogeyman, Booger, Boogeyman, Bugaboo
Generic synonyms: Monster



2. Noun. An object of dread or apprehension. "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"
Exact synonyms: Hobgoblin
Generic synonyms: Object

Definition of Bugbear

1. n. Same as Bugaboo.

2. v. t. To alarm with idle phantoms.

Definition of Bugbear

1. Noun. An ongoing problem; a recurring obstacle or adversity. ¹

2. Noun. A source of dread; resentment; or irritation. ¹

3. Noun. An imaginary creature meant to inspire fear in children. ¹

¹ Source: wiktionary.com

Definition of Bugbear

1. an object or source of dread [n -S]

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Lexicographical Neighbors of Bugbear

bug-eyed monster
bug-eyed monsters
bug-hunter
bug boy
bug juice
bug magnet
bug off
bug out
bug spray
bugaboo
bugaboos
bugan
bugans
bugbane
bugbanes
bugbear (current term)
bugbears
bugboy
bugboys
bugeye
bugeyes
bugfish
bugfix
bugfixes
bugfree
buggan
buggane
bugganes
buggans
bugged

Literary usage of Bugbear

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1. Original Letters, Illustrative of English History: Including Numerous Royal by Henry Ellis (1827)
"THE King of Sweden is every day a less bugbear to us; not that we have any advice of his letting fall the ..."

2. The Universal Anthology: A Collection of the Best Literature, Ancient by Richard Garnett, Leon Vallée, Alois Brandl (1899)
"BY LUCRETIUS. (Translated by Dryden.) WHAT has this bugbear death to frighten man, If souls can die, as well as bodies can ? ..."

3. The Gentleman's Magazine (1883)
"... to tea-drinking as “a scientific bugbear,” and at the same time supplies a striking confirmation of their soundness by his main argument against them. ..."

4. Mormonism and the Mormons: A Historical View of the Rise and Progress of the by Daniel Parish Kidder (1842)
"... the land of promise—Spirit of the new religion—Proper signification and character of Mormonism—-bugbear stories—Financial policy—The gift of tongues. ..."

5. The Ohio Educational Monthly and the National Teacher: A Journal of Education by Ohio State Teachers Association (1884)
"Besides, the study of the classics seems to be, in some sections at least, a real bugbear, and to some of us the making it a bugbear seems dangerous to the ..."

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