[ boo-jee, -zhee, boo-zhee ]
/ ˈbu dʒi, -ʒi, buˈʒi /


  1. a slender, flexible instrument introduced into passages of the body, especially the urethra, for dilating, examining, medicating, etc.
  2. a suppository.
a wax candle.

Origin of bougie

1745–55; < French, after Bougie (< Arabic Bujāyah), town in Algeria, center of the wax trade

Definition for bougie (2 of 2)


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.
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

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British Dictionary definitions for bougie

/ (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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