noun pl. bugaboos
Origin: bug + boo
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noun pl. bug·a·boos
- An object of obsessive, usually exaggerated fear or anxiety: “Boredom, laziness and failure . . . These bugaboos, magnified by imagination, keep [the workaholic] running” (Dun's Review).
- A recurring or persistent problem: “the bugaboos that have plagued vision systems: high price and slow throughput” (Lawrence A. Goshorn).
Origin: Perhaps of Celtic origin.