variants: or less commonly bogie or bogy
plural bogeys also bogies

Definition of bogey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 \ ˈbu̇-​gē , ˈbō-​, ˈbü-​ \ : specter, phantom
2 \ ˈbō-​gē also  ˈbu̇-​ or  ˈbü-​ \ : a source of fear, perplexity, or harassment

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 \ ˈbō-​gē \ : a numerical standard of performance set up as a mark to be aimed at especially in competition
5 \ ˈbō-​gē \ : an unidentified aircraft especially : one not positively identified as friendly and so assumed to be hostile


bo·​gey | \ ˈbō-gē \
bogeyed; bogeying

Definition of bogey (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

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

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Examples of bogey in a Sentence


He made a bogey on the second hole. He made bogey on the second hole.


She birdied the first hole but bogeyed the second hole.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Those bogeys happened because of missed putts inside 7 feet. Jesse Smithey, Detroit Free Press, "Rough Masters finish has Rory McIlroy still chasing career Grand Slam," 8 Apr. 2018 The Florida native appeared to be in command halfway through the round, weathering bogeys at 4 and 5 to take a three-shot lead over Scott at the turn. Samuel Chamberlain, Fox News, "Brooks Koepka holds off Tiger Woods, Adam Scott to win PGA Championship," 12 Aug. 2018 Playing alongside Tiger Woods on Sunday, Molinari was the only player in the field not to make a single bogey. Brian Costa, WSJ, "The Uncomfortable Practice Habits of a Champion," 27 July 2018 After a back nine that saw him record birdies at 13, 14 and 15, Woods finished the round with a disappointing bogey at No. Brendan Marks, charlotteobserver, "In attempting vintage comeback, how Tiger Woods came up short in 3rd round at Quail | Charlotte Observer," 5 May 2018 The 2016 Arizona State graduate has now played 29 consecutive holes without a bogey at Augusta National. Dan Kilbridge, azcentral, "Former Arizona State golfer Jon Rahm makes Round 3 move at Masters," 7 Apr. 2018 After going out of bounds with his drive, Doyle, 15, of Madison, finished the par-4 hole with a bogey and likely would have lost the hole. Christopher Hanna,, "Belcastro Takes Home CT Junior Amateur Golf Championship," 12 July 2018 Smoltz had six bogeys and a triple in his first nine holes, starting on the 10th hole at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "John Smoltz blows up early at U.S. Senior Open," 28 June 2018 Brian Tennyson was eliminated on the first playoff hole with a bogey., "Hall of Fame pitcher Smoltz qualifies for US Senior Open," 1 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Johnson would get to 8-under before bogeying the 17th hole to end the run. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Jordan Spieth, Zach Johnson Lead Travelers Championship After Round One," 21 June 2018 Meanwhile, Casey opened the round with a birdie on the first hole to move to 17-under, but bogeyed the fifth. William S. Paxton, USA TODAY, "Bubba Watson comes from six shots back to win Travelers," 24 June 2018 The scoring average was 75 through two rounds, every hole was double-bogeyed, and 12 were triple-bogeyed or worse. Sam Farmer,, "Dustin Johnson takes four-shot lead into the weekend at U.S. Open," 16 June 2018 Woods was just a few holes removed from triple-bogeying Shinnecock’s first hole, and no player on the leaderboard was better than one-under par. Joan Niesen,, "Ball State's Timothy Wiseman Takes Unlikely Road to U.S. Open," 15 June 2018 Spieth enjoyed a two-stroke advantage entering play Friday but surrendered that quickly upon double-bogeying the par-4 first. Jesse Smithey, Detroit Free Press, "2018 Masters tournament live leaderboard: Round 2," 6 Apr. 2018 McDowell bogeyed the par-4 No. 14 on Thursday and made par Friday, which might make some of the other golfers jealous. Stephanie Apstein,, "Lengthened and Unforgiving, 14th Hole Is the Most Dreaded at Shinnecock Hills in U.S. Open," 15 June 2018 Conroy bogeyed just twice in the morning, and three times in the afternoon on holes 3-5. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Ben Conroy Wins 116th Connecticut Amateur Golf Championship," 9 June 2018 Parel remained in the lead when Jeff Maggert three-putted from about 15 feet to bogey the par-4 18th. Andrew Seligman,, "Scott Parel takes lead at Senior Players after 2 rounds at Exmoor," 13 July 2018

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First Known Use of bogey


1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bogey


probably alteration of bogle

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English Language Learners Definition of bogey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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



English Language Learners Definition of bogey (Entry 2 of 2)

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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to gather or build up little by little

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