bugge

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Likely from Proto-Germanic *bugja- (swollen up, thick), compare Norwegian bugge (big man), dialectal Low German Bögge (goblin”, “snot))

Noun[edit]

bugge

  1. bogy, hobgoblin, bugbear; scarecrow
    As a bugge either a man of raggis in a place where gourdis wexen kepith no thing, so ben her goddis of tree. — Wycliffe Bible, 1425

References[edit]

  • Middle English Dictionary, bugge