[ 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.

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

Origin of bougie

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



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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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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