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[boo-jee, -zhee, boo-zhee]
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  1. Medicine/Medical.
    1. a slender, flexible instrument introduced into passages of the body, especially the urethra, for dilating, examining, medicating, etc.
    2. a suppository.
  2. a wax candle.
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Origin of bougie1

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


or boo·jie

adjective Slang.
  1. 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.
  2. haughty; elitist; snobbish.
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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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Examples from the Web for bougie

Historical Examples

  • By this you will see that Bougie must wait until I call that way again.

    Old Junk

    H. M. Tomlinson

  • As for Bougie, these African villages are built but for bright sunlight.

    Old Junk

    H. M. Tomlinson

  • At Bougie they seemed to have left it all to Allah, with the usual result.

    Old Junk

    H. M. Tomlinson

  • The destruction of the ships at Bougie was a severe blow to the Algerines.

  • He refitted the fireship at sea, and then went on, reaching Bougie on the 2nd of May.

British Dictionary definitions for bougie


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

C18: from French, originally a wax candle from Bougie (Bujiya), Algeria
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Word Origin and History for bougie


"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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