bo·​gus | \ ˈbō-gəs How to pronounce bogus (audio) \

Definition of bogus

: not genuine : counterfeit, sham a bogus claim The evidence was completely bogus.

Other Words from bogus

bogusly adverb
bogusness noun

Bogus Has a Long History

In the early 19th century, a "bogus" was a machine used to make counterfeit coins. No one knows for sure how this coin-copying contraption got its name, but before long bogus became a name for funny money or for a fraudulent imitation of any kind. The more common "phony" adjective followed.

Examples of bogus in a Sentence

It was just a bogus claim. The evidence was completely bogus.
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First Known Use of bogus

1825, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bogus

obsolete argot bogus counterfeit money

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“Bogus.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Aug. 2022.

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bo·​gus | \ ˈbō-gəs How to pronounce bogus (audio) \

Kids Definition of bogus

: not genuine The miracle they told us about turned out to be bogus.

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