bogus

[ boh-guhs ]
/ ˈboʊ gəs /

adjective

not genuine; counterfeit; spurious; sham.

noun

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.

Origin of bogus

1825–30, Americanism; originally an apparatus for coining false money; perhaps akin to bogy1
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bogus

/ (ˈbəʊɡəs) /

adjective

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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