Bugbear meaning

bŭgbâr
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A cause of fear, anxiety, or irritation.

Overcrowding is often a bugbear for train commuters.

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A difficult or persistent problem.
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A fearsome imaginary creature, especially one evoked to frighten children.
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An imaginary hobgoblin or terror used to frighten children into good conduct.
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Anything causing seemingly needless or excessive fear or anxiety.
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A source of dread; resentment; or irritation.
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An imaginary creature meant to inspire fear in children.
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Origin of bugbear

  • Obsolete bug hobgoblin (from Middle English bugge) (perhaps from Welsh bwg) bear

    From American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition