1. (US, also bugger) a piece of nasal mucus.
|DN I 214: [A ball of muscus in the nose is] Called bugger in the South, the u sound like [u].|
|DN III:iv 292: booger, n. A dried flake of mucus from the nose: used of children. ‘There’s a booger in your nose.’.‘Word-List From East Alabama’ in|
|DN IV:iii 181: bugger, n. [...] 3. Dried nasal mucus.‘A Word-List From Virginia’ in|
|Garden of Sand (1981) 181: He sometimes still ate buggers surreptitiously.|
|(con. 1960s) Wanderers 74: Eeeeuwww! You got a booger on your shirt!|
|Runnin’ Down Some Lines 32: You so black dey make Bosco from your boogers.|
|House of Slammers 180: The prisoners who behind his back called him a bugger-eater.|
|(con. 1930s) The Avenue, Clayton City (1996) 7: I’ll [...] bumble out your nose like a booger!|
|Skull Session 136: Thinking up jokes involving farts and boogers.|
|You Got Nothing Coming 162: Like some hideous extraterrestrial spider, the green body of Scud’s booger is slowly detaching itself, one slick strand at a time, from the wall.|
|Mad mag. July 6: Potrzebie [...] The stage a booger is in between being in the nostril and being in the mouth.|
2. (W.I.) in pl., trainers.
|‘Jamaica Child’ inet al. Our Lives (1982) 22: I used to dress up in short khaki trousers, with a shirt to match. I had my pair of boogers on and was ready for school.|
a general term of abuse.
|Stand (1990) 657: Harold can be a dear but he can also be a real boogersnot.|
|Christine 528: ‘You’re such a boogersnot,’ she said.|