- a hobgoblin; evil spirit.
- anything that haunts, frightens, annoys, or harasses.
- 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.
- Military. bogey1(def 3).
Origin of bogy1
Related Words for bogyhobgoblin, ogre, fright, bugbear, alarm, bogeyman, bogey, scare, goblin, specter, bogy, scarecrow, gremlin, apprehension, bugaboo, fear, dread, threat, terror, problem
Examples from the Web for bogy
Historical Examples of bogy
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
Yet in the farmer's eye it was "shiftless" (the New Englander's bogy).Little Brothers of the Air
Olive Thorne Miller
Do I hear a man speaking, or is it a boy, frightened by a bogy?A Chinese Command
Bogy, distributing his precious belongings in bits about the globe.
Bogy, the personification of the aimless, senseless globe-trotter.