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  1. Automotive. (on a truck) a rear-wheel assembly composed of four wheels on two axles, either or both driving axles, so mounted as to support the rear of the truck body jointly.
  2. Railroads. (in Britain) a truck that rotates about a central pivot under a locomotive or car.
  3. British.
    1. any low, strong, four-wheeled cart or truck, as one used by masons to move stones.
    2. truck1(def 4).
Also bogey, bogy.

Origin of bogie1

First recorded in 1810–20; origin uncertain


[boh-gee, boo g-ee, boo-gee]
  1. bogy1.


noun Military.
  1. bogey1(def 3).


or bogie

[boh-gee; for 1, 2 also boo g-ee, boo-gee]
noun, plural bo·gies.
  1. a hobgoblin; evil spirit.
  2. anything that haunts, frightens, annoys, or harasses.
  3. something that functions as a real or imagined barrier that must be overcome, bettered, etc.: Fear is the major bogy of novice mountain climbers. A speed of 40 knots is a bogy for motorboats.
  4. Military. bogey1(def 3).
Also bo·gey (for defs 1–3).

Origin of bogy1

1830–40; bog, variant of bug2 (noun) + -y2


  1. Humphrey (DeForest)BogieorBogey,1899–57, U.S. motion-picture actor.
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Examples from the Web for bogie

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  • None, except that the menace of the Suzette bogie may be lifted.

    Man and Maid

    Elinor Glyn

  • "Bogie" rose from the hearth-rug, wagged his tail, and made his exit.

  • Little Bogie, the fox-terrier, was the only dog we had with us in town, and Bogie hated London.

    J. Cole

    Emma Gellibrand

  • It is a bogie with which to frighten the people who demand reform in the currency of this country.


    John P. Jones

  • The engine, tender, water tank, and bogie car ran off the track.

    Through South Africa

    Henry M. Stanley

British Dictionary definitions for bogie



  1. an assembly of four or six wheels forming a pivoted support at either end of a railway coach. It provides flexibility on curves
  2. mainly British a small railway truck of short wheelbase, used for conveying coal, ores, etc
  3. a Scot word for soapbox (def. 3)

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin


  1. a variant spelling of bogey 2


  1. (tr) slang to monopolize or keep (something, esp a marijuana cigarette) to oneself selfishly

Word Origin

C20: after Humphrey Bogart, on account of his alleged greed for marijuana


  1. Humphrey (DeForest). nicknamed Bogie . 1899–1957, US film actor: his films include High Sierra (1941), Casablanca (1942), The Big Sleep (1946), The African Queen (1951), and The Caine Mutiny (1954)


noun plural -gies
  1. a variant spelling of bogey 1, bogie 1
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Word Origin and History for bogie



1969, "to keep a joint in your mouth," dangling from the lip like Humphrey Bogart's cigarette in the old movies, instead of passing it on. First attested in "Easy Rider." The word was also used 1960s with notions of "get something by intimidation, be a tough guy" (again with reference to the actor and the characters he typically played). In old drinking slang, Captain Cork was "a man slow in passing the bottle."

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