bogeyman definition

  • noun:
    • A terrifying specter; a hobgoblin.
    • A menacing, ghost-like beast in kids's stories.
    • Any make-believe menace, specifically one used to intimidate or distract.
    • A goblin; a bugbear; a bogey{1}. Here is the kind employed by parents to frighten children.
    • an imaginary beast accustomed frighten kids

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