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bogey

noun bo·gey
variants: or less commonly bogie or bogy
Updated on: 13 Dec 2017

Definition of bogey

plural bogeys also bogies
1 play \ˈbu̇-gē, ˈbō-, ˈbü-\ : specter, phantom
2 play \ˈbō-gē also ˈbu̇- or ˈbü-\ : a source of fear, perplexity, or harassment
3 play \ˈbō-gē\
a chiefly British : an average golfer's score used as a standard for a particular hole or course
b : one stroke over par on a hole in golf
4 play \ˈbō-gē\ : a numerical standard of performance set up as a mark to be aimed at especially in competition
5 play \ˈbō-gē\ : an unidentified aircraft; especially : one not positively identified as friendly and so assumed to be hostile

Examples of bogey in a Sentence

  1. He made a bogey on the second hole.

  2. He made bogey on the second hole.

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Origin and Etymology of bogey

probably alteration of bogle


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bogey

verb bo·gey \ ˈbō-gē \

Definition of bogey

bogeyed; bogeying
transitive verb
: to shoot (a hole in golf) in one over par

Examples of bogey in a Sentence

  1. She birdied the first hole but bogeyed the second hole.

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First Known Use of bogey

1948

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BOGEY Defined for English Language Learners

bogey

noun

Definition of bogey for English Language Learners

  • golf : a score that is one more than the official standard score for a particular hole : a score of one stroke over par on a hole

  • : something that causes fear or worry


bogey

verb

Definition of bogey for English Language Learners

  • golf : to score a bogey on (a hole)


BOGEY Defined for Kids

bogey

noun bo·gey
variants: also bogie or bogy

Definition of bogey for Students

plural bogeys or bogies
1 \ˈbu̇-gē, ˈbō-\ : ghost, goblin
2 \ˈbō-gē, ˈbu̇-gē\ : something a person is afraid of without reason


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