[ 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 confused

bogey 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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