noun (1)
variants: or less commonly or bogy
plural bogeys also bogies

Definition of bogey

 (Entry 1 of 3)

1 \ ˈbu̇-​gē How to pronounce bogey (audio) , ˈbō-​ , ˈbü-​ \ : specter, phantom
2 \ ˈbō-​gē also  ˈbu̇-​ or  ˈbü-​ How to pronounce bogey (audio) \ : a source of fear, perplexity, or harassment
3 \ ˈbō-​gē How to pronounce bogey (audio) \ golf
a : one stroke over par on a hole made a bogey on the second hole
b chiefly British, dated : an average golfer's score used as a standard for a particular hole or course He was the sort of player who does the first two holes in one under bogey and then takes an eleven at the third.— P. G. Wodehouse
4 \ ˈbō-​gē How to pronounce bogey (audio) \ : a numerical standard of performance set up as a mark to be aimed at especially in competition
5 \ ˈbō-​gē How to pronounce bogey (audio) \ : an unidentified aircraft especially : one not positively identified as friendly and so assumed to be hostile


bo·​gey | \ ˈbō-gē How to pronounce bogey (audio) \
bogeyed; bogeying

Definition of bogey (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to shoot (a hole in golf) in one over par


noun (2)

less common spelling of

1 : a low strongly built cart
2a chiefly British : a swiveling railway truck
b : the driving-wheel assembly consisting of the rear four wheels of a 6-wheel automotive truck
3 : a small supporting or aligning wheel (as on the inside perimeter of a tank tread)

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Examples of bogey in a Sentence

Noun (1) He made a bogey on the second hole. He made bogey on the second hole. Verb She birdied the first hole but bogeyed the second hole.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Spieth made bogey on two of three while Kokrak dropped a curling 23-foot putt on No. 5 to jump in front. Tim Schmitt, The Enquirer, 30 May 2021 Entering the final round with a one-shot lead over Koepka, Mickelson made bogey after driving in the rough on the opening hole while Koepka holed a 13-foot putt for birdie. USA TODAY, 23 May 2021 In a matter of minutes, a three-putt bogey by Mickelson and a Koepka birdie had reversed the names atop the leaderboard. New York Times, 23 May 2021 Mickelson navigated to a clean bogey that had the potential to be worse. Bryce Miller Columnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 23 May 2021 Entering the day tied for fourth two strokes back of first, Dulany fired three birdies on the first seven holes to vault up the leaderboard, then had two more birdies on the back nine while only carding one bogey on the day. Dallas News, 19 May 2021 The only silver lining is that Mr. Biden’s phony $700 billion bogey is better than another tax increase. The Editorial Board, WSJ, 3 May 2021 The junior from Cordoba, Argentina, carded birdies on Nos. 1, 4, 7 and 9 and had one bogey to seize the lead. Tom Murphy, Arkansas Online, 23 Apr. 2021 Johnson finished with a sloppy, double-bogey 6 at the 18th hole. Paul Newberry, ajc, 8 Apr. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Barron, who bogeyed three of his last four holes in the opening round and had to settle for a one-shot lead, chipped in for eagle Saturday on the 571-yard 12th hole at Prestonwood Country Club to stretch his lead to three shots. San Diego Union-Tribune, 12 Oct. 2019 Thomas, who won the inaugural event in 2017 — South Korea’s only PGA Tour stop — bogeyed the 18th for a 70 and he and Lee (68) were tied with a three-round total of 15-under 201., 20 Oct. 2019 The group another shot back included Dustin Johnson, who only made birdies on the par 5s and bogeyed his last hole for a 70. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, 14 Apr. 2019 After a rough start to the back nine, bogeying the first two holes in Amen Corner, Woods picked up some momentum down the stretch, culminating with a clutch birdie on No. Adam Woodard, USA TODAY, 5 Apr. 2018 But after bogeying the fifth, McIlroy’s third shot to the par-5 sixth hole rattled around a pile of rocks separating the green from a pond. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 8 Mar. 2020 But Thomas bogeyed the 17th after his 12-footer for par lipped out, reducing the deficit to two strokes. San Diego Union-Tribune, 20 Oct. 2019 Finau bogeyed the first hole on Thursday — a typical occurrence for Masters rookies, even those with two healthy ankles. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 5 Apr. 2018 Li bogeyed the 10th and 14th but more than negated those mistakes with birdies at Nos. Jesse Smithey, Detroit Free Press, 5 Apr. 2018

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First Known Use of bogey

Noun (1)

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bogey

Noun (1)

probably alteration of bogle

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8 Jun 2021

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“Bogey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 14 Jun. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of bogey

golf : to score a bogey on (a hole)


variants: also bogie or bogy
plural bogeys or bogies

Kids Definition of bogey

1 \ ˈbu̇-​gē , ˈbō-​ \ : ghost, goblin
2 \ ˈbō-​gē , ˈbu̇-​gē \ : something a person is afraid of without reason


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