Noun. Also bogy. Mid-19th century.
1. (As a proper name, B-.) The Devil. M19
2. An evil spirit, a goblin; a bogle. Also bogey man. M19
3. figurative. A bugbear. M19
4. A detective, a police officer. slang. E20
5. A piece of nasal mucus. colloquial. M20
6. An unidentified enemy aircraft. slang. L20
When I was young (really young), my brothers were babysitting me one night and, doing what a little brother does, I was being difficult about going to bed. One of my brothers told me that, if I left the bedroom again, the Bogey Man would get me. I had no idea what the Bogey Man was, so it was left to my terrifyingly vivid imagination, conjuring an image of an awful green man, dripping with bogies, stalking the halls of our house in search of children to eat. The clear image of the Bogey Man and the terror he instilled has never left me, although at least in adulthood I have a clearer idea of his origins and know that at least he's nothing to do with bogies of the mucus variety.
Were you ever told of the Bogey Man?
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