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bogan

[ boh-guhn ]
/ ˈboʊ gən /
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noun Northern Maine and Canadian (chiefly Maritimes and Northern New Brunswick).
a backwater, usually narrow and tranquil.
any narrow stretch of water.
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Origin of bogan

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

Other definitions for bogan (2 of 2)

Bogan
[ boh-gan, boh-guhn ]
/ boʊˈgæn, ˈboʊ gən /

noun
Louise, 1897–1970, U.S. poet.
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British Dictionary definitions for bogan (1 of 2)

bogan1
/ (ˈbəʊɡən) /

noun
Canadian (esp in the Maritime Provinces) a sluggish side streamAlso called: logan, pokelogan

Word Origin for bogan

of Algonquian origin

British Dictionary definitions for bogan (2 of 2)

bogan2
/ (ˈbəʊɡən) /

noun Australian informal
a fool
a hooligan

Word Origin for bogan

C20: of unknown origin
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