[boh-gee; for 1, 2 also boo g-ee, boo-gee]
- a hobgoblin; evil spirit.
- anything that haunts, frightens, annoys, or harasses.
- 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.
- Military. bogey1(def 3).
Also bo·gey (for defs 1–3).
Origin of bogy1
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Examples from the Web for bogy
And I had nothing to eat, and I was so frightened—for she said there was a bogy there—that I nearly died.Sue, A Little Heroine
L. T. Meade
Yet in the farmer's eye it was "shiftless" (the New Englander's bogy).Little Brothers of the Air
Olive Thorne Miller
Do I hear a man speaking, or is it a boy, frightened by a bogy?A Chinese Command
Bogy, distributing his precious belongings in bits about the globe.
Bogy, the personification of the aimless, senseless globe-trotter.
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