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 Johnson rolled in a couple of short birdie putts at Nos. 4 and 5 to tie Todd for the lead, but surrendered his share with a bogey at the seventh. Adam Schupak, The Arizona Republic, "Dustin Johnson rallies for 21st PGA Tour win at Travelers Championship," 29 June 2020 Hughes' bogey-free round included a 30-foot birdie putt on his second-to-last hole, the par-3 eighth. Mark Heim |, al, "PGA’s Travelers Championship (6/26) free second-round live stream: How to watch online, time, TV," 26 June 2020 Palmer’s fifth bogey on the back nine came at No. 17, dropping him into a tie with Casper. Steve Kroner,, "June 20, 1966: Billy Casper tops Arnold Palmer in U.S. Open playoff at Olympic," 20 June 2020 In the PGA Tour’s first action in 91 days, Varner shot a bogey-free, 7-under-par 63 to grab a share of the lead with Justin Rose in the first round of the Charles Schwab Challenge at Colonial Country Club in Fort Worth, Texas. Steve Dimeglio, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Harold Varner III shares lead with Justin Rose in PGA Tour's return," 11 June 2020 The 18-year-old Ishikawa makes 12 birdies in his bogey-free round on the 6,545-yard Nagoya Golf Club course. John Scheibe, Los Angeles Times, "This day in sports: Yankees great Lou Gehrig ends his ironman streak," 2 May 2020 Woodland made 10 birdies and only one bogey (Thursday at No. Ron Kroichick,, "Gary Woodland hits the long ball, and makes putts, to take U.S. Open lead," 14 June 2019 That one lipped out, leaving a bogey putt that was 10 inches longer than the par effort. Eamon Lynch, Golfweek, "Lynch: Attention turns to Tiger Woods' plans before Masters after Genesis meltdown," 15 Feb. 2020 After making a double-bogey on the par 4 12th hole, Ganter rebounded to birdie three of his final four holes to surge into the lead. Brent Kennedy,, "Field tightly packed after opening day of 1A/2A state golf tournament," 29 Oct. 2019 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, "Barron, Austin tied for lead on Champions Tour," 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., "Kelechi Osemele," 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, "Molinari builds 2-shot lead over Woods, Finau in Masters," 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, "In his Masters return, Tiger Woods finds success at familiar 16th hole at Augusta National," 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, "Tyrrell Hatton Keeps His Head and Wins His First PGA Tour Title," 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, "Justin Thomas wins 11th PGA Tour event, 2nd in South Korea," 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, "Tony Finau Steals Masters Spotlight After Dislocating Ankle," 5 Apr. 2018 Li bogeyed the 10th and 14th but more than negated those mistakes with birdies at Nos. Jesse Smithey, Detroit Free Press, "Masters 2018: Tony Finau held 1st-round lead day after ankle injury," 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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“Bogey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 11 Jul. 2020.

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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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