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or bogie

[boh-gee; for 1, 2 also boo g-ee, boo-gee] /ˈboʊ gi; for 1, 2 also ˈbʊg i, ˈbu gi/
noun, plural bogies.
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, bogey (for defs 1–3)
Origin of bogy1
1830-40; bog, variant of bug2 (noun) + -y2


[boh-gee] /ˈboʊ gi/
noun, plural bogies.
bogie1 . Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bogy
Historical Examples
  • That he is a fable invented by the Inner Ring, a bogy to frighten us with.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • Yet in the farmer's eye it was "shiftless" (the New Englander's bogy).

    Little Brothers of the Air Olive Thorne Miller
  • So the lantern becomes a bogy, and is held up at a window to frighten those inside.

    The Book of Hallowe'en Ruth Edna Kelley
  • 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
  • bogy, distributing his precious belongings in bits about the globe.

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
  • Here we are, safe and sound, and met no bogy, thank goodness!

    The School by the Sea Angela Brazil
  • The only thing to kill this bogy is to have plenty of rain, and plenty of rain had fallen on the Little Crow, too much at times.

    The Conquest Oscar Micheaux
  • These machines must be safe to ride in, but the bogy of radiation was frightening.

    The Time Traders Andre Norton
  • Do I hear a man speaking, or is it a boy, frightened by a bogy?

    A Chinese Command Harry Collingwood
  • In 1561 Spain was the bogy of English seaports, most of whose folk were Protestants.

British Dictionary definitions for bogy


noun (pl) -gies
a variant spelling of bogey1 , bogie1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Slang definitions & phrases for bogy



  1. A police officer (1930s+ Underworld)
  2. An enemy aircraft, esp an attacking fighter plane (WWII Army Air Forces fr British RAF)
  3. A golf score of one stroke over par on a given hole (late 1800s+ British)

[all senses fr bogy or bogey, ''evil spirit, hobgoblin,'' the boogy or boogy-man invoked to frighten children; the golf sense originated in 1890 when Dr Thomas Browne, a naval surgeon, compared his opponent, the ''ground score,'' to the ''Bogey Man'' of a popular song, at any rate, so it is said]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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