bo·gus | \ ˈbō-gəs \

Definition of bogus 

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

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Other words from bogus

bogusly adverb
bogusness noun

bogus Has a Long History

You may know bogus as a slang word meaning "uncool" or simply "no good," but did you know that bogus has actually been a part of English since the early 1800s? Not only was the word coined then, it was actually doing some coining of its own, so to speak. Back then, 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 had also become a popular noun for funny money itself or for a fraudulent imitation of any kind. The more general "phony" adjective began being used about the same time.

Examples of bogus in a Sentence

It was just a bogus claim. The evidence was completely bogus.

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Armed with your Social Security number and birthdate, a thief can still file a bogus tax return in your name, steal your health benefits, apply for a job or get a driver’s license in your name. NBC News, "Credit freezes will soon be free for everyone," 14 June 2018 But on the other hand, these are fabricated claims and are completely bogus and without merit. Dave Quinn,, "Jeff Lewis Joked Surrogate Should 'Have Waxed' Before Delivering His Daughter on TV," 14 June 2018 President Donald Trump’s point man in the quest to reduce drug prices for American consumers clashed Tuesday with a disbelieving senator, who said the White House’s blueprint for battling Big Pharma is bogus. NBC News, "Senator Warren clashes with health secretary over drug-pricing plan," 12 June 2018 Burke received a sales commission of $347.25 for booking the bogus transaction. Guillermo Contreras, San Antonio Express-News, "Ex-VP at software company GlobalSCAPE pleads guilty to wire fraud," 31 May 2018 That had been the system’s main (and highly effective) deterrent to opportunistic, weak, or bogus claims. David A. Martin, Vox, "How to fix the crisis caused by Central American asylum seekers — humanely," 2 July 2018 York then provided bogus updates, misrepresenting the value of the victim's investments and the rate of return. William Thornton,, "Gadsden man gets seven years for securities fraud," 27 Apr. 2018 And though, sure, some of them are totally bogus (lookin’ at you, toothpaste spot treatments), others are really, truly excellent, as one acne-prone Reddit user discovered after slathering rosehip oil over her face to treat her zits. Chloe Metzger, Marie Claire, "Rosehip Oil Got Rid of This Woman's Acne in Only 3 Weeks," 9 July 2018 Answer: Credit freezes remain the best way to prevent new account fraud, which is when criminals open up bogus credit accounts in your name. Liz Weston,, "One spouse's debts might haunt the other after death," 8 July 2018

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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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English Language Learners Definition of bogus

: not real or genuine : fake or false


bo·gus | \ ˈbō-gəs \

Kids Definition of bogus

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

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