bugge

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Middle English[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Likely from Proto-Germanic *bugja- (swollen up, thick), compare bigge (powerful, strong), Norwegian bugge (big man), dialectal Low German Bögge, Boggelmann (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, W:Letter of Jeremiah (W:Book of Baruch 6:69). loose translation of the Latin "Nam sicut in cucumerario formido nihil custodit, ita sunt dii illorum lignei...", in turn translating the Greek "Ωσπερ γαρ εν σικυηρατω προβασκανιον ουδεν φυλασσον, ουτως οι θεοι αυτων εισι ξυλινοι..."

References[edit]

  • Middle English Dictionary, bugge

Norwegian Nynorsk[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From Old Norse buggi. Compare English big.

Noun[edit]

bugge m (definite singular buggen, indefinite plural buggar, definite plural buggane)

  1. (dialectal) great man

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