Definition of bugbear :
1. Causing needless fright.
2. Same as Bugaboo.
3. Something frightful, as a specter; anything imaginary that causes needless fright; something used to excite needless fear; also, something really dangerous, used to frighten children, etc.
4. To alarm with idle phantoms.
ghost (part of speech: noun)
Dracula, werewolf, apparition, chimera, succubus, illusion, myth, ghost, shadow, hobgoblin, specter, daemon, incubus, Frankenstein, bogey man, nightmare, monster, phantasm, phantom, spirit, ogre, ghoul, terror, bugaboo, horror, vampire
- It's the bugbear of the sea. - "The Lion's Share", E. Arnold Bennett.
- To many, this winter covering is a great bugbear, even when only a small patch in the garden is involved. - "Success With Small Fruits", E. P. Roe.
- " Take the gown away from the procureur- general," said Conrart, " and we have M. Fouquet left us still, of whom we have no reason to complain; but, as he is no procureur- general without his gown, we agree with M. de la Fontaine and pronounce the gown to be nothing but a bugbear." - "Louise de la Valliere", Alexandre Dumas, Pere.