[boo-jee, -zhee, boo-zhee]
- a slender, flexible instrument introduced into passages of the body, especially the urethra, for dilating, examining, medicating, etc.
- a suppository.
- a wax candle.
Origin of bougie1
1745–55; < French, after Bougie (< Arabic Bujāyah), town in Algeria, center of the wax trade
- relating to or characteristic of a person who aspires to the upper middle class or a fancy lifestyle: He spends too much on bougie stuff he can’t afford.
- haughty; elitist; snobbish.
Also bour·gie [bur-jee, boo-jee] /ˈbɜr dʒi, ˈbu dʒi/.
Origin of bougie2
1965–70, Americanism; shortening and alteration of bourgeois1
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Examples from the Web for bougie
By this you will see that Bougie must wait until I call that way again.
As for Bougie, these African villages are built but for bright sunlight.
At Bougie they seemed to have left it all to Allah, with the usual result.
The destruction of the ships at Bougie was a severe blow to the Algerines.
He refitted the fireship at sea, and then went on, reaching Bougie on the 2nd of May.
- med a long slender semiflexible cylindrical instrument for inserting into body passages, such as the rectum or urethra, to dilate structures, introduce medication, etc
C18: from French, originally a wax candle from Bougie (Bujiya), Algeria
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Word Origin and History for bougie
"wax candle," 1755, from French bougie "wax candle," from Bugia, Algeria, (Arabic Bijiyah), a town with a long-established wax trade.
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