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bogey

noun, bo·gey

Simple Definition of bogey

  • golf : a score that is one more than the official standard score for a particular hole : a score of one stroke over par on a hole

  • : something that causes fear or worry

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bogey

plural bogeys also bogies

  1. 1 \ˈbu̇-gē, ˈbō-, ˈbü-\ :  specter, phantom

  2. 2 \ˈbō-gē also ˈbu̇- or ˈbü-\ :  a source of fear, perplexity, or harassment

  3. 3 \ˈbō-gē\ a chiefly British :  an average golfer's score used as a standard for a particular hole or course b :  one stroke over par on a hole in golf

  4. 4 \ˈbō-gē\ :  a numerical standard of performance set up as a mark to be aimed at especially in competition

  5. 5 \ˈbō-gē\ :  an unidentified aircraft; especially :  one not positively identified as friendly and so assumed to be hostile

Examples of bogey in a sentence

  1. He made a bogey on the second hole.

  2. He made bogey on the second hole.



Variants of bogey

also bogie or bogy

Origin of bogey

probably alteration of bogle


First Known Use: 1826

Rhymes with bogey


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bogey

play
verb, bo·gey \ˈbō-gē\

Simple Definition of bogey

  • golf : to score a bogey on (a hole)

Source: Merriam-Webster's Learner's Dictionary

Full Definition of bogey

bogeyedbogeying

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to shoot (a hole in golf) in one over par

Examples of bogey in a sentence

  1. She birdied the first hole but bogeyed the second hole.



1948

First Known Use of bogey

1948

Other General Sports Terms


BOGEY Defined for Kids

bogey

play
noun bo·gey

Definition of bogey for Students

plural bogeys or bogies

  1. 1 \ˈbu̇-gē, ˈbō-\ :  ghost, goblin

  2. 2 \ˈbō-gē, ˈbu̇-gē\ :  something a person is afraid of without reason



Variants of bogey

also bogie or bogy


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