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bogus

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adjective bo·gus \ˈbō-gəs\

Simple Definition of bogus

  • : not real or genuine : fake or false

Full Definition of bogus

  1. :  not genuine :  counterfeit, sham

bo·gus·ly adverb
bo·gus·ness noun

Examples of bogus

  1. It was just a bogus claim.

  2. The evidence was completely bogus.



Origin of bogus

obsolete argot bogus counterfeit money


First Known Use: 1825


BOGUS Defined for Kids

bogus

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adjective bo·gus \ˈbō-gəs\

Definition of bogus

  1. :  not genuine <The miracle they told us about turned out to be bogus.>





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