bogey

noun (1)
bo·​gey
variants: or less commonly bogie 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

bogey

verb
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

bogey

noun (2)
bo·​gey

less common spelling of bogie entry 1

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)

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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun How did Finau respond to his first bogey in Motown? Adam Schupak, USA TODAY, 31 July 2022 After his first bogey in the tournament at No. 11, Finau made a 31-foot putt with a break from right to left at No. 12 and Pendrith missed an 11-foot putt on the same hole to fall four shots back. The Salt Lake Tribune, 31 July 2022 After his first bogey in the tournament at No. 11, Finau made a 31-foot putt with a break from right to left at No. 12. Larry Lage, oregonlive, 31 July 2022 Morikawa, winner of the 2020 P.G.A. Championship, first took the second-round lead with a fourth birdie on the first hole before registering his first bogey on the fourth hole. Bill Pennington, New York Times, 17 June 2022 Johnson also was within three shots until a bogey on the 13th and another on the par-5 14th, where his long eagle putt raced up a hill, across the green and into a pot bunker. Doug Ferguson, Chicago Tribune, 16 July 2022 But trouble in the rough led to a bogey on the par-4 No. 16, and his putting problems resurfaced on the par-4 No. 17, following a good approach shot from the rough. The Salt Lake Tribune, 15 July 2022 However, his approach on No. 18 once again found the water, leading to a bogey. Mitchell Forde For The Oregonian/oregonlive, oregonlive, 1 July 2022 Schwartzel played it safe, knowing a bogey would win the tournament. Tom D'angelo, USA TODAY, 1 July 2022 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, 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. BostonGlobe.com, 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, 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, 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, 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, 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, 5 Apr. 2018 Li bogeyed the 10th and 14th but more than negated those mistakes with birdies at Nos. Jesse Smithey, Detroit Free Press, 5 Apr. 2018 See More

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First Known Use of bogey

Noun (1)

1826, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb

1948, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bogey

Noun (1)

probably alteration of bogle

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7 Aug 2022

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More Definitions for bogey

bogey

noun
bo·​gey
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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