or bou·jee

[ boo-zhee, ‐jee ]
/ ˈbu ʒi, ‐dʒi /
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adjective Slang.

Sometimes Disparaging. relating to or characteristic of a person who indulges in some of the luxuries and comforts of a fancy lifestyle: He spends too much on bougie stuff he can’t afford.
Also bour·gie [bur-zhee, ‐jee, boo‐] /ˈbɜr ʒi, ‐dʒi, ˈbu‐/ .Often Disparaging and Offensive. relating to or characteristic of a person who aspires to the upper middle class, especially when regarded as being elitist or snobbish: bougie Black folks moving out to suburbia or sending their kids to private school.
relating to or characteristic of a person who flaunts newly acquired wealth without necessarily embracing the cultural values and pretensions of the upper middle class: that bougie feeling when you’re drinking high-end champagne—out of a red plastic cup.



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Also bou·jie, boo·jie [boo-jee]. /ˈbu dʒi/.

Origin of bougie

An Americanism dating back to 1965–70; shortening and alteration of bourgeois1

usage note for bougie

Bougie is often used with disparaging intent and perceived as insulting, depending on the cultural or social context of its use. It originated as slang in the African American community, used disparagingly to describe wealthier or upwardly mobile people, usually other Black people, who were seen to be socially pretentious. It is now also used as a term of mild censure, referring in general to people who have expensive tastes.

Definition for bougie (2 of 2)

[ 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

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