bugbear

[ buhg-bair ]

next word >>

Part of Speech

noun

Origin + Etymology

probably from obsolete bug ‘bogey’ (of unknown origin) + bear

Synonyms

  • hate
  • bane
  • irritant
  • irritation
  • dislike
  • anathema

Antonyms

  • bravery
  • calmness
  • courage
  • ease

Definition

a cause of obsessive fear, irritation, or loathing

Example

He was the hero of one team, but was the bugbear of the other.

Usage Over Time

Stay Connected

Sign up to receive the word of the day, sent straight to your inbox.

By submitting this form, you are agreeing to our Terms of Use.