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[boo g-ee, boo-gee] /ˈbʊg i, ˈbu gi/
Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.
a lively form of rock 'n' roll, based on the blues.
verb (used without object), boogied, boogieing.
to dance energetically, especially to rock music.
Slang. (often followed by on down) to go.
Origin of boogie
An Americanism dating back to 1920-25; of uncertain origin
Can be confused
bogey, bogie, bogy, boogie. Unabridged
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  • Maybe they were both remembering those old days, the boogie Woogie Elmos.


    Cory Doctorow
British Dictionary definitions for boogie


verb (intransitive) -gies, -gieing, -gied
to dance to pop music
to make love
a session of dancing to pop music
Word Origin
C20: originally African-American slang, perhaps from Kongo mbugi devilishly good
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Word Origin and History for boogie

originally "dance to boogie music," a late 1960s style of rock music based on blues chords, from earlier boogie, a style of blues (1941, also as a verb), short for boogie-woogie (1928), a reduplication of boogie (1917), which meant "rent party" in American English slang. A song title, "That Syncopated Boogie-boo," appears in a copyright listing from 1912.

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Slang definitions & phrases for boogie



A piece of nasal mucus

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[1890s+; an extension of bugger, ''nasal mucus'']



: a boogie hairstyle/ boogie music


  1. (also boogiewoogie) Syphilis, esp advanced syphilis (1900s+ Black)
  2. A black person (1920s+)
  3. boogie-woogie (1940s+)
  4. The vulva; cunt (1960s+)
  5. An enemy aircraft, esp a fighter plane; bogey (WWII Army Air Forces)
  6. A piece of solid mucus from the nose; booger


  1. To move, shake, and wriggle the body in time to rock-and-roll music; do a sort of boogaloo: Amanda boogies and bangs a tambourine while her 39 sisters sit on steps and force shattered smiles (1940s+)
  2. To move; go; leave; light out: Let's boogie, Mama—Right behind you, Big Daddy/ F16D, a jet that can really boogie/ He was here on June 16, then boogied before we got on the record (1970s+)
  3. To carry on jocularly; play; tease; fool around: back from a long weekend and ready to boogie (1930s+)
  4. To do the sex act: a lot of heavy boogieing going on at Iowa State (1960s+)
  5. To do anal intercourse; bugger: Would Ronnie be averse to being boogied by Kiss during his acceptance speech (1970s+)

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let's boogie

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
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