Definition of bogeyman noun from the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary

 

bogeyman

 noun
(also bogyman)noun
NAmE//ˈbʊɡiˌmæn//
 
, NAmE//ˈboʊɡiˌmæn//
 
(also boogeyman)(pl. bogeymen, bogymen, boogeymen
NAmE//ˈbʊɡiˌmɛn//
 
, NAmE//ˈboʊɡiˌmɛn//
 
)
(also bogey, bogy)
 
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an imaginary evil spirit that is used to frighten children The bogeyman's coming!
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