or bogie

[ boh-gee; for 1, 2 also boog-ee, boo-gee ]
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noun,plural bo·gies.
  1. a hobgoblin; evil spirit.

  2. anything that haunts, frightens, annoys, or harasses.

  1. something that functions as a real or imagined barrier that must be overcome, bettered, etc.: Fear is the major bogy of novice mountain climbers. A speed of 40 knots is a bogy for motorboats.

  2. Military. bogey1 (def. 3).

Origin of bogy

1830–40; bog, variant of bug2 (noun) + -y2
  • Also bo·gey (for defs. 1-3) .

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Other definitions for bogy (2 of 2)

[ boh-gee ]

noun,plural bo·gies. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use bogy in a sentence

  • And I had nothing to eat, and I was so frightened—for she said there was a bogy there—that I nearly died.

    Sue, A Little Heroine | L. T. Meade
  • And throughout the trip he continued to regard me as a species of bogy-man, while Ryborg he considered a most reputable traveler.

    Tramping with Tramps | Josiah Flynt
  • Shell fire, speaking generally, is the "bogy of Battle" to those not accustomed to it.

  • But he did the job, and this bogy-man scare of his is the weak cunning of a disordered mind to divert suspicion.

    The Flying Death | Samuel Hopkins Adams
  • Syme remembered those wild woes of yesterday as one remembers being afraid of bogy in childhood.

    The Man Who Was Thursday | G. K. Chesterton

British Dictionary definitions for bogy


/ (ˈbəʊɡɪ) /

nounplural -gies
  1. a variant spelling of bogey 1, bogie 1

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