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 Dictionary entry overview: What does bugbear mean? 

BUGBEAR (noun)
  The noun BUGBEAR has 2 senses:

1. an imaginary monster used to frighten children
2. an object of dread or apprehension

  Familiarity information: BUGBEAR used as a noun is rare.

 Dictionary entry details 

BUGBEAR (noun)

Sense 1bugbear [BACK TO TOP]


An imaginary monster used to frighten children

Classified under:

Nouns denoting people


bogeyman; booger; boogeyman; bugaboo; bugbear

Hypernyms ("bugbear" is a kind of...):

monster (an imaginary creature usually having various human and animal parts)

Sense 2bugbear [BACK TO TOP]


An object of dread or apprehension

Classified under:

Nouns denoting cognitive processes and contents


bugbear; hobgoblin

Context examples:

Germany was always a bugbear for France / A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds

Hypernyms ("bugbear" is a kind of...):

object (the focus of cognitions or feelings)

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