or boo·jie

[ boo-jee ]
/ ˈbu dʒi /

adjective Slang.

relating to or characteristic of a person who aspires to the upper middle class or a fancy lifestyle: He spends too much on bougie stuff he can’t afford.
haughty; elitist; snobbish.

Nearby words

  1. bough,
  2. boughed,
  3. boughpot,
  4. bought,
  5. boughten,
  6. bougienage,
  7. bouguer anomaly,
  8. bouguer correction,
  9. bouguereau,
  10. bouguereau, adolphe william

Also bour·gie [bur-jee, boo-jee] /ˈbɜr dʒi, ˈbu dʒi/.

Origin of bougie

1965–70, Americanism; shortening and alteration of bourgeois1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for boojie


/ (ˈbuːʒiː, buːˈʒiː) /


med a long slender semiflexible cylindrical instrument for inserting into body passages, such as the rectum or urethra, to dilate structures, introduce medication, etc

Word Origin for bougie

C18: from French, originally a wax candle from Bougie (Bujiya), Algeria

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Word Origin and History for boojie



"wax candle," 1755, from French bougie "wax candle," from Bugia, Algeria, (Arabic Bijiyah), a town with a long-established wax trade.

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