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Meaning of BUGBEAR

Pronunciation:  'bug`behr

WordNet Dictionary
  1. [n]  an object of dread or apprehension; "Germany was always a bugbear for France"; "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"--Ralph Waldo Emerson
  2. [n]  an imaginary monster used to frighten children

BUGBEAR is a 7 letter word that starts with B.


 Synonyms: bogeyman, booger, boogeyman, bugaboo, hobgoblin
 See Also: monster, object



Webster's 1913 Dictionary
  1. \Bug"bear`\, n.
    Same as {Bugaboo}. -- a. Causing needless fright. --Locke.
  2. \Bug"bear`\, v. t.
    To alarm with idle phantoms.
Thesaurus Terms
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