[ boo g-ee, boo-gee ]
/ ˈbʊg i, ˈbu gi /


Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.
a lively form of rock 'n' roll, based on the blues.

verb (used without object), boog·ied, boog·ie·ing.

to dance energetically, especially to rock music.
Slang. (often followed by on down) to go.

Origin of boogie

An Americanism dating back to 1920–25; of uncertain origin
Can be confusedbogey bogie bogy boogie Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for boogie


/ (ˈbuːɡɪ) slang /

verb -gies, -gieing or -gied (intr)

to dance to pop music
to make love


a session of dancing to pop music

Word Origin for boogie

C20: originally African-American slang, perhaps from Kongo mbugi devilishly good
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Word Origin and History for boogie



originally "dance to boogie music," a late 1960s style of rock music based on blues chords, from earlier boogie, a style of blues (1941, also as a verb), short for boogie-woogie (1928), a reduplication of boogie (1917), which meant "rent party" in American English slang. A song title, "That Syncopated Boogie-boo," appears in a copyright listing from 1912.

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