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

McCarron opened with a birdie on the par-5 first hole and finished with eight birdies and one bogey on a rainy afternoon. Andrew Seligman,, "Defending champ Scott McCarron joins tie for Senior Players lead at Exmoor," 14 July 2018 Holmes’ front nine Saturday was fairly uneventful, scoring one birdie and one bogey on the third and eighth holes, respectively, but the 36-year-old isn’t worried about making up for his average play on Nos. 1-9 thus far. Christopher Hanna,, "J.B. Holmes' Back Nine Play Propels Him To Travelers Championship Contention," 24 June 2018 With Shinnecock Hills playing far easier Sunday than in a brutal third round when the USGA conceded the course was at points unfair, Fleetwood had eight birdies and one bogey. Barry Wilner, Houston Chronicle, "Tommy Fleetwood flirts with 62, ties US Open mark with 63," 17 June 2018 Atkins, a 27-year-old PGA Tour rookie who has made just two cuts in 10 starts this season, made five birdies against just one bogey. John Whisler, San Antonio Express-News, "Murray makes early lead stand at windswept Texas Open," 19 Apr. 2018 Perry three-putted for bogey on the par-4 seventh and missed a 3-foot birdie putt on the par-4 18th. Andrew Seligman,, "Illinois golf coach Mike Small tied for lead in Senior Players Championship at Exmoor," 12 July 2018 His pitch was pretty good given the circumstances, but his putt from about 12-feet lipped out, leaving for a bogey. Adam Woodard, USA TODAY, "Tiger Tracker: Follow Tiger Woods' Saturday round at his tournament, the Quicken Loans National," 30 June 2018 The Florida State product, who took the lead with birdies on 2 and 3 and never relinquished it, rattled in a key 13-footer for bogey on the par-3 11th after he pull-hooked his approach long and left of the green, leaving himself an impossible pitch. Daniel Rapaport,, "Brooks Koepka Wins U.S. Open for Second Consecutive Year," 17 June 2018 Thomas shot a 68 with three bogeys and was seven off the lead. Fox News, "Tiger Woods climbs leaderboard at Memorial Tournament, enters final round in contention," 3 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 He double-bogeyed the 71st hole at the 2015 U.S. Open, then birdied the 72nd and won. Michael Rosenberg,, "Why Shouldn’t We Be More Nervous About Jordan Spieth’s Putting Struggles? Because He’s Jordan Spieth," 12 June 2018 That process began on some holes even before Johnson bogeyed No. Barry Wilner, Houston Chronicle, "USGA apologizes for unfair course in 3rd round of US Open," 17 June 2018 Jordan Spieth, a three-time major champion, was clearly disappointed after bogeying his final hole that moved him to 9-over (78-71) for 36 holes, and just one over the cut line. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Tiger Woods highlights list of big names who didn't make the cut at the U.S. Open," 15 June 2018 Hahn, who bogeyed on two of the first three holes, would eventually card a 67. Katherine Fitzgerald, azcentral, "Collegiate golfers Wells Padgett and Jordan Hahn lead Southwestern Amateur golf tournament," 15 June 2018 Webb Simpson set the 54-hole scoring record at the Players before faltering over the final round, then Aaron Wise broke the record at the Byron Nelson, and most recently Justin Rose missed it by one at Colonial by bogeying 18. Daniel Rapaport,, "FORE Questions: Young Americans Are Dominating Professional Golf," 28 May 2018 O’Leary, who advanced to the semifinals after defeating Sean Fitzpatrick of George Wright CG (3 and 2) in the quarters, went 3 up after Aikens bogeyed No. Mia Berry,, "Defending MassAm champion Matt Parziale falls in quarters," 12 July 2018 After bogeying hole 1 in the semis, Rodger had three birdies and no bogeys the rest of the way. James Weber,, "Grimmer, Squires to play for Met golf championships," 30 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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obstinately defiant of authority

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