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

But making bogeys on six and nine and (other players) kind of came back, snuck back a little bit. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Nate Lashley's 1st PGA win at Rocket Mortgage Classic 'a career-changing event'," 30 June 2019 Since carding a bogey at the par-4 sixth hole on Thursday, Stricker has gone 48 straight holes without a hiccup. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Steve Stricker stretches his U.S. Senior Open lead to six shots over Jerry Kelly," 27 June 2019 McIlroy also made a run at the lead until a bogey from the bunker on the 13th, and a mess on the par-5 14th. Doug Ferguson,, "Woodland sets record U.S. Open midway pace at 9 under," 15 June 2019 Facing another likely bogey on the 14th hole, Woodland sank a 43-foot putt to save par. Brian Costa, WSJ, "Gary Woodland Maintains U.S. Open Lead Over Justin Rose, Brooks Koepka," 15 June 2019 He got derailed with a double bogey on No. 2, and a bogey on No. 3. Cam Inman, The Mercury News, "Stanford’s Brandon Wu makes U.S. Open charge," 15 June 2019 McIlroy also made a run at the lead until a bogey from the bunker on the 13th, and a mess on the par-5 14th. Doug Ferguson,, "Gary Woodland leads the U.S. Open by 2 shots after 2 rounds," 14 June 2019 Woods made bogeys on his final two holes, Nos. 8 and 9, and posted 1-over-par 72. Ron Kroichick,, "Tiger Woods stumbles late in second round, settles for 72 in U.S. Open," 14 June 2019 The SoCal champion sank a 20-footer to salvage bogey on his last hole and avoid a playoff for the crown. Glae Thien,, "Torrey Pines wins state championship in boys golf," 30 May 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Woodland bogeyed the ninth hole, then high-fived a kid on his way to the 10th tee. Michael Rosenberg,, "Gary Woodland Used a Koepka-Like Performance to Beat Brooks Koepka at the U.S. Open," 17 June 2019 Johnson bogeyed the 18th hole Saturday to fall into a four-way tie for second place, seven shots behind defending champ Koepka. Barry Wilner, The Seattle Times, "DJ blows chance to go head to head vs Koepka in final round," 19 May 2019 Scott made a double bogey after hitting his tee shot out of bounds, while Schauffele bogeyed. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Schauffele posts another high finish in major," 16 June 2019 Woodland, who only has three wins on the PGA Tour and one top-10 finish in a major, has bogeyed only once in the first 36 holes. Tim Bielik,, "U.S. Open 2019: Live leaderboard, tee times and streaming info for Round 3 after Gary Woodland took the lead," 15 June 2019 After not making worse than par through the first 13 holes, Dentino bogeyed Nos. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Carmel, Dentino sweep boys state golf tournament," 12 June 2019 Koepka, who was on the 15th fairway and knew from the crowd’s reaction that Johnson had dropped a shot, came to 16 having bogeyed four in a row, looking a bit worn and, perhaps for the first time in four days, sensing this was no cinch. Barry Wilner, The Seattle Times, "Gone with the wind: DJ’s chance to catch Koepka at PGA," 19 May 2019 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

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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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