[ boh-guhs ]
/ ˈboʊ gəs /


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.

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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. 2020

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British Dictionary definitions for bogus

/ (ˈbəʊɡəs) /


spurious or counterfeit; not genuinea bogus note

Derived forms of bogus

bogusly, adverbbogusness, noun

Word Origin for bogus

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