[ boh-guhn ]

nounNorthern Maine and Canadian (chiefly Maritimes and Northern New Brunswick).
  1. a backwater, usually narrow and tranquil.

  2. any narrow stretch of water.

Origin of bogan

First recorded in 1895–1900; apparently shortening of pokelogan, perhaps conflated with bog1

Words Nearby bogan

Other definitions for Bogan (2 of 2)

[ boh-gan, boh-guhn ]

  1. Louise, 1897–1970, U.S. poet. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bogan in a sentence

  • You know you deserted all your old mates once for three months, bogan, and it wasn't your fault.

    Children of the Bush | Henry Lawson
  • Campbell was only a few feet from the bank, but bogan started to strip—to make the job look as big as possible, I suppose.

    Children of the Bush | Henry Lawson

British Dictionary definitions for bogan (1 of 2)


/ (ˈbəʊɡən) /

  1. Canadian (esp in the Maritime Provinces) a sluggish side stream: Also called: logan, pokelogan

Origin of bogan

of Algonquian origin

British Dictionary definitions for bogan (2 of 2)


/ (ˈbəʊɡən) /

nounAustralian informal
  1. a fool

  2. a hooligan

Origin of bogan

C20: of unknown origin

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