Bullbeggar Bull"beg`gar, n. Something used or suggested to produce terror, as in children or persons of weak mind; a bugbear. [1913 Webster]

And being an ill-looked fellow, he has a pension from the church wardens for being bullbeggar to all the forward children in the parish. --Mountfort (1691). [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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  • bullbeggar — bull·beg·gar …   English syllables

  • bullbeggar —    In North Country and West Country dialects, a term for any frightening supernatural figure. In Reginald *Scot s The Discoverie of Witchcraft (1584), it comes at the head of a mixed list of scary creatures: Our mothers maids have so fraied us… …   A Dictionary of English folklore

  • bullbeggar — ˈbu̇lˌbegə(r) noun Etymology: perhaps blend of obsolete English bullbear (alteration of bugbear) + beggar, by folk etymology from boggard, boggart dialect Britain : goblin, bugbear …   Useful english dictionary

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