from The Century Dictionary.

  • noun The devil: often as a quasi-proper name, and usually with an epithet (in this use with a capital): as, Old Bogy.
  • noun A hobgoblin; a bugbear.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun A specter; a hobgoblin; a bugbear.

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  • noun Alternative form of bogey.

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  • noun an evil spirit
  • noun an unidentified (and possibly enemy) aircraft


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