bogus

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adjective bo·gus \ˈbō-gəs\

Definition of bogus

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

bogusly

adverb

bogusness

noun

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Examples of bogus in a Sentence

  1. It was just a bogus claim.

  2. The evidence was completely bogus.

Recent Examples of bogus from the Web

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Did You Know?

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.

Origin and Etymology of bogus

obsolete argot bogus counterfeit money


BOGUS Defined for English Language Learners

bogus

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Definition of bogus for English Language Learners

  • : not real or genuine : fake or false


BOGUS Defined for Kids

bogus

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adjective bo·gus \ˈbō-gəs\

Definition of bogus for Students

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



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