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booger, n.1

Forms:  17– booger, 18 boogar. (Show Less)
Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: A variant or alteration of another lexical item. Etymon: bugger n.1
Etymology: Variant or euphemistic alteration of bugger n.1 In later use probably influenced by booger n.2 2.
colloq. (now chiefly U.S.).

  A worthless or despicable person; (in weakened use) a fellow, a chap; (also) a mischievous child, a rascal, a scamp. Chiefly with modifying word. Cf. bugger n.1 3.

1728   R. Ashton Battle of Aughrim i. i. 8   I will..bear my Troops away, Confound the Booger e're I do retire, And set Olympus on a flame of Fire.
1811   S. Reynolds Diary 3 Aug. in F. W. Howay Voy. New Hazard to N.W. Coast (1938) 37   He jawed us, called us thieves, country boogars, infernal scoundrels.
1873   C. H. Smith Bill Arp's Peace Papers 14   The great Amerikan guvernment sees him and skorns him, and ses ‘support yerself’, you dirty booger.
1938   M. K. Rawlings Yearling xxxiii. 420   If I was a scrawny little big-eyed booger like you, I'd stay home.
1989   R. Hansen Nebraska Stories 133   You have to watch the little booger every second because she'll put in her mouth what most people wouldn't step on.
2003   G. Keillor Love Me (2004) xiv. 129   I went to clean out Mr. Hoffstadter's apartment today, having succeeded in putting the old booger into a nursing home.

1728—2003(Hide quotations)


This is a new entry (OED Third Edition, September 2006).