boog·​er ˈbu̇-gər How to pronounce booger (audio) ˈbü- How to pronounce booger (audio)
: a piece of dried nasal mucus

Examples of booger in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Thankfully, getting out boogers and keeping her nose clean was a breeze with the NozeBot by Dr. Noze Best, a nasal aspirator that provides hospital-grade suction with the touch of a button. Holly Klamer, Ms, Parents, 25 Mar. 2024 National Geographic harnesses some of that tendency in this kit that contains instructions and equipment for 15 different gross experiments with themes like boiling boogers, farting slime, bursting blood cells, eyeballs, and test-tube vomit. Cheryl Fenton, Parents, 22 Nov. 2023 Pricing books, cleaning people’s boogers off of books, shelving books. Harrison Smith, Washington Post, 14 Nov. 2023 But 2021, man that was a booger. Cheryl Hall, Dallas News, 10 Mar. 2023 Many people do it to remove the dry nasal mucus, namely boogers, that can build up and irritate the nose. Sara Novak, Discover Magazine, 4 Mar. 2023 This was a booger cry. Laura Latzko, The Arizona Republic, 1 July 2022 Later Tuesday, a group of legislators from the outgoing legislature — derisively labeled the chimkirik, literally meaning ‘booger’ in Kyrgyz — met to appoint as prime minister a controversial figure, Sadyr Zhaparov, who just hours earlier was serving an 11-year sentence for taking hostages. NBC News, 6 Oct. 2020 Pretty sure there’s a booger in my iPhone 11’s charging port. Joanna Stern, WSJ, 15 Mar. 2023

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Word History


alteration of English dialect buggard, boggart, from bug entry 4 + -ard

First Known Use

1827, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of booger was in 1827

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“Booger.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 16 Apr. 2024.

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