bogus

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adjective bo·gus \ˈbō-gəs\

Definition of bogus

  1. :  not genuine :  counterfeit, sham

bogusly

adverb

bogusness

noun

Examples of bogus in a sentence

  1. It was just a bogus claim.

  2. The evidence was completely bogus.

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


First Known Use: 1825


BOGUS Defined for English Language Learners

bogus

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adjective bo·gus \ˈbō-gəs\

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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