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 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) \ golf

a : one stroke over par on a hole made a bogey on the second hole
b dated, chiefly British : 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 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 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.


She birdied the first hole but bogeyed the second hole.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

McIlroy made 11 birdies in those 31 holes against four bogeys. Steve Dimeglio, USA TODAY, "Rory McIlroy wins Tour Championshp, captures FedEx Cup and $15 million bonus money," 25 Aug. 2019 Park shook off a bogey and birdied two of the final four holes. oregonlive, "Cambia Portland Classic, Round 1: Live leaderboard, updates," 25 Aug. 2019 That includes Lucas Glover, who went bogey-double bogey until finishing with a two-putt par from 40 feet to secure his first trip to the Tour Championship in 10 years. Doug Ferguson, Houston Chronicle, "Justin Thomas holds on to win BMW Championship," 18 Aug. 2019 That mid-single digit bogey sounds easy compared to what Netflix has been achieving. Shawn Tully, Fortune, "This Model Shows How Netflix Can Earn its $145 Billion Valuation—Or Blow It," 31 July 2019 Lowry began making bogeys in the middle of the round without losing ground. CBS News, "Shane Lowry wins first British Open in Northern Ireland since 1951," 21 July 2019 McIlroy played reasonably well except the start (quadruple bogey) and finish (triple bogey) in his round of 79. Washington Post, "The Latest: Koepka never far from lead in majors," 20 July 2019 McMahan countered a bogey and a double bogey with three birdies while shooting par on the front nine and the back nine. Anchorage Daily News, "Kurt Kollmann, Russell Marion share first-round lead at Alaska State Amateur," 12 July 2019 But then this tournament isn’t about avoiding bogeys. Carlos Monarrez, Detroit Free Press, "Rocket Mortgage Classic: Nate Lashley storms through the field for third straight day," 29 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Kertson claimed an early lead when White bogeyed the first hole, but the two finalists were all square at the turn. Julia Stumbaugh, azcentral, "Texas State's Evan White wins 95th Arizona Amateur Golf Championship," 3 Aug. 2019 Heath bogeyed the 10th hole, and dropped to 15-under and three strokes behind the then-leader Claycomb. Shawn Mcfarland,, "Jack Heath wins Boys Junior PGA Championship with record-breaking score, clutch putt on 18; Milford’s James top local finisher," 2 Aug. 2019 Woodland bogeyed the 12th hole to drop back to 11 under, just one shot ahead of Koepka. Usa Today Sports, USA TODAY, "Gary Woodland holds off defending champ Brooks Koepka to win U.S. Open at Pebble Beach," 16 June 2019 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

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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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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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