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 chiefly British, dated : 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 Ko fell back with a double bogey on the 12th hole, and then a bogey on the 18th., "Nelly Korda leads LPGA as Sorenstam falls to bottom of pack," 27 Feb. 2021 Mickelson was four shots behind Mike Weir, who had a bogey-free 66 in windy conditions at Tucson National. John Marshall, ajc, "Mickelson in contention in Champions event after mud birdie," 27 Feb. 2021 Hagy started with a bogey on the first hole of the Nicklaus course, but then the birdies came in bunches. Greg Beacham, Star Tribune, "Late entry Brandon Hagy opens with 64 at American Express," 21 Jan. 2021 Masters memory: Following a double-bogey in the water on No. 12 to an eagle on the 13th and finishing one back of Tiger Woods last year. Doug Ferguson,, "2020 Masters: A look at 10 contenders," 10 Nov. 2020 Kang opened the year with a bogey-free, 7-under 64 for a one-shot lead over Jessica Korda and Nelly Korda, along with defending champion Gaby Lopez, at Four Seasons Golf and Sports Club Orlando. Jeff Babineau, ajc, "Kang tops Korda sisters, takes lead in LPGA Tour opener," 21 Jan. 2021 Flower Mound resident Gerina Piller opened with three consecutive birdies and made the turn at 2 under, but a bogey on the par-5 No. 17 dropped her to 1 under in a five-way tie for fifth. Jay Betsill, Dallas News, "Charley Hull takes the lead after chilly first round at Volunteers of America Classic," 3 Dec. 2020 But after a birdie on the third, the frontrunner offered a ray of light to his nearest challengers, Sungjae Im and Cameron Smith, with bogeys on the 4th and 5th, ending a run of 33 bogey-free holes. Paul Gittings, CNN, "Records tumble as No. 1 Dustin Johnson wins Masters for first time," 15 Nov. 2020 Frittelli bounced back from a 73 to shoot a bogey-free 5-under 67 on Saturday to put him alone in fifth place at 11 under, five shots behind leader Dustin Johnson. Star Tribune, "Masters Round 3 recap," 14 Nov. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Barron, who bogeyed three of his last four holes in the opening round and had to settle for a one-shot lead, chipped in for eagle Saturday on the 571-yard 12th hole at Prestonwood Country Club to stretch his lead to three shots. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Barron, Austin tied for lead on Champions Tour," 12 Oct. 2019 Thomas, who won the inaugural event in 2017 — South Korea’s only PGA Tour stop — bogeyed the 18th for a 70 and he and Lee (68) were tied with a three-round total of 15-under 201., "Kelechi Osemele," 20 Oct. 2019 The group another shot back included Dustin Johnson, who only made birdies on the par 5s and bogeyed his last hole for a 70. Doug Ferguson, The Seattle Times, "Molinari builds 2-shot lead over Woods, Finau in Masters," 14 Apr. 2019 After a rough start to the back nine, bogeying the first two holes in Amen Corner, Woods picked up some momentum down the stretch, culminating with a clutch birdie on No. Adam Woodard, USA TODAY, "In his Masters return, Tiger Woods finds success at familiar 16th hole at Augusta National," 5 Apr. 2018 But after bogeying the fifth, McIlroy’s third shot to the par-5 sixth hole rattled around a pile of rocks separating the green from a pond. Bill Pennington, New York Times, "Tyrrell Hatton Keeps His Head and Wins His First PGA Tour Title," 8 Mar. 2020 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

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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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4 Mar 2021

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“Bogey.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Mar. 2021.

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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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