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 bogey (audio) , ˈbō-​ , ˈbü-​ \ : specter, phantom
2 \ ˈbō-​gē also  ˈbu̇-​ or  ˈbü-​ How to pronounce bogey (audio) \ : a source of fear, perplexity, or harassment
3 \ ˈbō-​gē How to pronounce bogey (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 bogey (audio) \ : a numerical standard of performance set up as a mark to be aimed at especially in competition
5 \ ˈbō-​gē How to pronounce bogey (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. Verb She birdied the first hole but bogeyed the second hole.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Nick Taylor, looking for his second PGA Tour title and first in six years, shot a bogey-free, 8-under 63 at Monterey Peninsula to grab the lead. Steve Dimeglio, Golfweek, "Patrick Cantlay opens with 66; Phil Mickelson drives it 'like a stallion'," 6 Feb. 2020 Mickelson shot a bogey-free, weather-delayed, final-round 65 to surge past Paul Casey (71). Ron Kroichick,, "AT&T Pebble Beach Pro-Am: Everything you need to know about the tournament," 3 Feb. 2020 Lin reached the front of the green and two-putted for a bogey. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Lin wins Asia-Pacific Amateur to earn 2nd trip to Augusta," 28 Sep. 2019 After opening with two straight pars, Woods tugged a pitching wedge left of the 12th green and needed an up-and-down for bogey. Daniel Rapaport,, "Tiger's Back Holds Up, but His Game Falters in First Round at Northern Trust," 8 Aug. 2019 Thomas went birdie-bogey on the first two playoff holes before a deft pitch to 3 feet set up the birdie that would seal it for Thomas. Julie Williams, The Courier-Journal, "St. Xavier's Justin Thomas starts season with Sentry Tournament of Champions playoff win," 6 Jan. 2020 Matches are nine holes and one point is awarded for a double bogey, two for a bogey, three for a par, four for a birdie and five for an eagle. Brent Kennedy,, "Glenelg’s Taylor breaks through as Howard County Boys Golfer of Year," 13 Dec. 2019 The Nerazzurri have proven to be a bit of bogey side for BVB., "Borussia Dortmund v Inter: 7 Key Facts & Stats to Impress Your Mates Ahead of Champions League Clash," 5 Nov. 2019 Sorkin posted three birdies Monday, but dealt with a double-bogey that derailed some of his momentum. Pat Stoetzer,, "Golf: Winters Mill’s Ethan Wolbert leads Carroll County contingent at state tournament," 4 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb But Thomas bogeyed the 17th after his 12-footer for par lipped out, reducing the deficit to two strokes. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Justin Thomas wins 11th PGA Tour event, 2nd in South Korea," 20 Oct. 2019 Finau bogeyed the first hole on Thursday — a typical occurrence for Masters rookies, even those with two healthy ankles. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Tony Finau Steals Masters Spotlight After Dislocating Ankle," 5 Apr. 2018 Li bogeyed the 10th and 14th but more than negated those mistakes with birdies at Nos. Jesse Smithey, Detroit Free Press, "Masters 2018: Tony Finau held 1st-round lead day after ankle injury," 5 Apr. 2018 The playoff was contested on the par-5 18th, which Thomas bogeyed on his 72nd hole of the tournament to fall back into a tie with Reed and Schauffele at 14-under par. Mark Inabinett |, al, "Justin Thomas posts playoff victory on PGA Tour," 5 Jan. 2020 Goosen birdied five of the last seven holes on the front nine at Sherwood Country Club, added a birdie on the par-5 11th, bogeyed the par-3 12th and rebounded with a birdie on the par-4 14th., "On a day when eight players had a chance to take the lead at the HSBC Champions, Rory McIlroy found the best way to move forward was to not go backward.," 3 Nov. 2019 Rahm bogeyed the 12th after misjudging his pitch to the green and seeing the ball roll back towards him, but the Ryder Cup star bounced back immediately to birdie the next. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Willett wins at home for 1st time at BMW PGA Championship," 22 Sep. 2019 Over 54 holes, Lashley has bogeyed once and has 24 birdies. Greg Levinsky, Detroit Free Press, "How Nate Lashley went from 3rd alternate to leader at Rocket Mortgage Classic," 29 June 2019 Thomas, who won the inaugural CJ Cup in 2017, bogeyed the 18th for a 70 and he and Lee were tied with a three-round total of 15-under 201 after three rounds. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Thomas, Lee tied for 3rd-round lead at CJ Cup in South Korea," 19 Oct. 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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“Bogey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Feb. 2020.

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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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