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[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
  • 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


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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