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

Definition of bogey

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 \ ˈbu̇-​gē How to pronounce ˈbu̇-gē (audio) , ˈbō-​ , ˈbü-​ \ : specter, phantom
2 \ ˈbō-​gē also  ˈbu̇-​ or  ˈbü-​ How to pronounce ˈbü- (audio) \ : a source of fear, perplexity, or harassment

3 \ ˈbō-​gē How to pronounce ˈbō-gē (audio) \

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 How to pronounce ˈbō-gē (audio) \ : a numerical standard of performance set up as a mark to be aimed at especially in competition
5 \ ˈbō-​gē How to pronounce ˈbō-gē (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 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

His only mistake came on the 16th hole, where his bogey dropped him out of sole possession of the lead. Tim Dahlberg, The Seattle Times, "Adam Scott takes a risk and it pays off with Masters lead," 12 Apr. 2019 Spieth opened with four straight bogeys and was 4 down to Bubba Watson and nearly clawed his way back. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Woods’ big run sends him to weekend against McIlroy," 30 Mar. 2019 Aikens closed out O’Leary with off-setting bogeys on No. Mia Berry,, "Defending MassAm champion Matt Parziale falls in quarters," 12 July 2018 In the other featured group of the morning, Jason Day made the turn at 5-over par with a 40, then fell to 8-over with back-to-back bogeys at 13 and 14. Nick Schwartz, For The Win, "6 U.S. Open favorites who got off to awful starts on Thursday," 14 June 2018 Nordqvist won this event in 2015 and 2016, finished second last year and continued her fine play Friday with no bogeys. Joe Juliano,, "In her first start of the year, Laura Diaz holds share of ShopRite LPGA Classic lead," 8 June 2018 For the day, Andre had eight birdies with three bogeys and a double. Ted Dunnam, Houston Chronicle, "Golf: Clear Springs in record-shattering form," 7 Apr. 2018 Casey blinked first with a bogey on the 11th hole, and another on the par-3 12th when his tee shot came up short and into the bunker. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Mickelson beats everyone but the dark at Pebble," 11 Feb. 2019 Both players ran into trouble on 15, with Squires winning with a bogey. James Weber,, "Grimmer, Squires to play for Met golf championships," 30 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Aphibarnrat bogeyed the 10th and 11th to fall behind, and Watson birdied the next two holes to go 4 up, win the match and delay his vacation. Doug Ferguson, Houston Chronicle, "Bubba Watson the only obstacle between Justin Thomas and No. 1 ranking," 24 Mar. 2018 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

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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 speak slightingly about or to degrade

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