bugaboo definition

  • noun:
    • An object of obsessive, often exaggerated anxiety or anxiety: "Boredom, laziness and failure . . . These bugaboos, magnified by imagination, hold [the workaholic] operating” ( Dun's Evaluation).
    • A recurring or persistent problem: "the bugaboos which have plagued sight systems: large price and slow throughput” ( Lawrence A. Goshorn).
    • Alternative spelling of bug-a-boo.
    • anything frightful, as a specter; something imaginary that triggers needless fright; anything accustomed stimulate needless concern; additionally, some thing truly dangerous, or an imaginary beast, regularly frighten young ones, etc.
    • a source of concern.
    • A bugbear; a bogy; a vain terror; anything to frighten a kid.
    • a source of concern
    • an imaginary monster regularly frighten kids
    • An object of obsessive, frequently exaggerated fear or anxiety: "monotony, laziness and failure . . . These bugaboos, magnified by imagination, keep [the workaholic] operating” ( Dun's Evaluation).
    • A recurring or persistent problem: "the bugaboos that have plagued vision systems: high price and slow throughput” ( Lawrence A. Goshorn).
    • Alternative spelling of bug-a-boo.
    • some thing frightful, as a specter; everything imaginary that causes unnecessary fright; something used to excite unnecessary anxiety; also, anything actually dangerous, or an imaginary monster, always frighten kiddies, etc.
    • a source of concern.
    • A bugbear; a bogy; a vain horror; anything to frighten a young child.
    • a source of concern
    • an imaginary monster familiar with frighten children

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