Simple Definition of bogus
: not real or genuine : fake or false
Examples of bogus in a sentence
It was just a bogus claim.
The evidence was completely bogus.
Did You Know?
You may know bogus as a slang word meaning "uncool" or simply "no good," but did you know that bogus has actually been a part of English since the early 1800s? Not only was the word coined then, it was actually doing some coining of its own, so to speak. Back then, a bogus was a machine used to make counterfeit coins. No one knows for sure how this coin-copying contraption got its name, but before long bogus had also become a popular noun for funny money itself or for a fraudulent imitation of any kind. The more general phony adjective followed shortly thereafter.
Origin of bogus
obsolete argot bogus counterfeit money
First Known Use: 1825
BOGUS Defined for Kids
Definition of bogus for Students
: not genuine <The miracle they told us about turned out to be bogus.>
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