Updated: Nov 25
Pronunciation: [ buhg-bair ]
1: a cause of obsessive fear, irritation, or loathing
2: an imaginary being invoked to frighten children, typically a sort of hobgoblin supposed to devour them
Origin: Late 16th century; English
Etymology: probably from obsolete bug ‘bogey’ (of unknown origin) + bear
Example: He was the hero of one team, but was the bugbear of the other.