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booger, v.

Frequency (in current use): 
Origin: Formed within English, by conversion. Etymon: booger n.2
Etymology: < booger n.2
Compare spook v. 2b.
U.S. regional (chiefly southern, south Midland, and south-western).

  intransitive. Chiefly of a horse or cow: to take fright suddenly. Also transitive: to cause to take fright.

1893   H. A. Shands Some Peculiarities Speech Mississippi 70   Booger...The word is used also, by illiterate whites, as a verb, meaning to shy, to get slightly frightened, and is said of a horse.
1925   H. Hughes Ruint ii. 83   His horse kind o' boogered at him.
1944   Lubbock (Texas) Avalanche-Jrnl. 6 Feb. 14/4   The farmer..then turned directly westward when ‘boogered’ by lights of an approaching automobile.
1969   B. K. Green Wild Cow Tales 226   The night the steers boogered they didn't see me and I didn't think that they had quite figured out where I was.
1993   Seguin (Texas) Gaz.-Enterprise 29 Sept. 3/2   Cows boogered at the spot forever, it seemed.
2007   J. C. Wofford Take Good Look Around 85   Horses everywhere, boogering and snorting at all the confusion.

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This is a new entry (OED Third Edition, September 2018).