not genuine; counterfeit; spurious; sham.


Printing, Journalism. matter set, by union requirement, by a compositor and later discarded, duplicating the text of an advertisement for which a plate has been supplied or type set by another publisher.

Nearby words

  1. bogor,
  2. bogorodsk,
  3. bogotá,
  4. bogtrotter,
  5. bogue,
  6. bogwood,
  7. bogy,
  8. bogyman,
  9. boh,
  10. bohai

Origin of bogus

1825–30, Americanism; originally an apparatus for coining false money; perhaps akin to bogy1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for bogus



spurious or counterfeit; not genuinea bogus note
Derived Formsbogusly, adverbbogusness, noun

Word Origin for bogus

C19: from bogus apparatus for making counterfeit money; perhaps related to bogey 1

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