Try Our Apps
Dictionary.com

follow Dictionary.com

The Best Internet Slang

bogy1

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.
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, bogey (for defs 1–3)
Origin of bogy1
1830-1840
1830-40; bog, variant of bug2 (noun) + -y2

bogy2

[boh-gee] /ˈboʊ gi/
noun, plural bogies.
1.
bogie1 .
Dictionary.com Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
Cite This Source
Examples from the Web for bogy
Historical Examples
  • 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 Harry Collingwood
  • bogy, the personification of the aimless, senseless globe-trotter.

    Criminal Types V. M. Masten
  • 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
  • These machines must be safe to ride in, but the bogy of radiation was frightening.

    The Time Traders Andre Norton
  • The fear of ill-luck, in other words, is the bogy that haunts him night and day.

    Anthropology Robert Marett
  • That he is a fable invented by the Inner Ring, a bogy to frighten us with.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
  • I reckon it out that he's a figurehead—just a bogy name to frighten the children with.

    The Secret Adversary Agatha Christie
British Dictionary definitions for bogy

bogy

/ˈbəʊɡɪ/
noun (pl) -gies
1.
a variant spelling of bogey1 , bogie1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
© William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins
Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
Cite This Source
Slang definitions & phrases for bogy

bogey

noun

  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.
Cite This Source

Word of the Day

Difficulty index for bogy

Some English speakers likely know this word

Word Value for bogy

10
11
Scrabble Words With Friends

Nearby words for bogy