- 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.
Also bour·gie [bur-jee, boo-jee] /ˈbɜr dʒi, ˈbu dʒi/.
Origin of bougie2
1965–70, Americanism; shortening and alteration of bourgeois1
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- 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
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
"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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