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Noun bugbear has 2 senses
- bogeyman, bugbear, bugaboo, boogeyman, booger - an imaginary monster used to frighten children
--1 is a kind of monster
- bugbear, hobgoblin - an object of dread or apprehension; "Germany was always a bugbear for France"; "A foolish consistency is the hobgoblin of little minds"--Ralph Waldo Emerson
--2 is a kind of object