Origin of bugaboobug + boo
- An object of often obsessive fear, anxiety, or irritation: raising the bugaboo of socialism to derail a plan for national health insurance.
- A difficult or persistent problem: “At the bottom of all these deficiencies of planning and execution &ellipsis; lay that old bugaboo, lack of unity of command” (Philip B. Davidson).
Origin of bugabooPerhaps of Celtic origin and akin to Welsh bwg, ghost.
- Alternative spelling of bug-a-boo.