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Definition of bogeyman noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

bogeyman

 noun
(also bogyman) noun
BrE BrE//ˈbəʊɡimæn//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈboʊɡimæn//
 
(also bogey, bogy) (North American English also boogeyman) (pl. bogeymen, bogymen, (usually North American English)boogeymen
BrE BrE//ˈbəʊɡimen//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈboʊɡimen//
 
)
 
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an imaginary evil spirit that is used to frighten children The bogeyman's coming!
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: bogeyman