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Bugaboo

[bə-gə-boo]

Part of speech: noun

Origin: Celtic, mid 18th century

1.

An imaginary object that inspires needless fright

2.

A problem that persists

Examples of Bugaboo in a sentence

"In popular culture, the bugaboo of bloodthirsty clowns rears its head every few years."

"The recurring computer virus was the bugaboo that plagued the office for weeks."

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About Bugaboo

A bugaboo is an imaginary figure that strikes fear into the hearts of unsuspecting victims, and the somewhat nebulous “boogeyman” is a prime example. In fact, while the word’s exact source is unknown, one potential explanation for its origins is bugbear, a fanciful demon from the 1500s who took the form of a bear and ate children.

Did you Know?

The history of bugaboo is not entirely clear, though it's likely that it derives from the Welsh word "bogy," meaning "the devil."

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