boo·​gie | \ ˈbu̇-gē How to pronounce boogie (audio) , ˈbü- How to pronounce boogie (audio) \

Definition of boogie

 (Entry 1 of 2)

2 : earthy and strongly rhythmic rock music conducive to dancing also : a period of or occasion for dancing to this music


boo·​gie | \ ˈbu̇-gē How to pronounce boogie (audio) , ˈbü- How to pronounce boogie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly boogy or boogey
boogied also boogeyed; boogying also boogeying

Definition of boogie (Entry 2 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to dance to rock music also : revel, party
2a : to move quickly
b : to get going

Examples of boogie in a Sentence

Verb Let's boogie on out of here.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun In New Zealand, Jack Buchanan came up with family lockdown boogie. Jim Axelrod, CBS News, "Performers entertain global audience during coronavirus pandemic," 6 Apr. 2020 Happy Birthday wishes, boogies and cheers for this special person. Kaitlin Reilly,, "Florence Pugh Tells Fans To Stop The “Bullying” Over Zach Braff Relationship," 8 Apr. 2020 As far as rock & roll boogie bands go, next to AC/DC, those two are neck and neck. Matt Wake |, al, "Alabama guitarist on joining classic heavy-metal band," 1 Apr. 2020 Adam Schiff has been the boogie man for Republicans as well throughout this process. NBC News, "Transcript: Grilling the Lawyers," 11 Dec. 2019 Cape Cod has been a source of heavy anxiety since 2018 when a 26-year-old Arthur Medici was killed by a great white Shark while boogie boarding at the Outer Cape town of Wellfleet, according to the New York Times. Joe Mario Pedersen,, "Forget ‘Shark Week,' 2019 became ‘Shark Year’," 22 Aug. 2019 But Johnson, imitating the boogie-woogie style of piano playing, used his guitar to play rhythm, bass and slide simultaneously, all while singing. New York Times, "Overlooked No More: Robert Johnson, Bluesman Whose Life Was a Riddle," 29 Sep. 2019 Dave loved their second home on Cape Cod, where family was always welcome to enjoy bonfire picnics on the beach, boogie boarding, bike rides and and whale watch excursions., "David Gill Drapeau," 24 Sep. 2019 After completing a great ride or an advanced trick, the athlete will fist-pump, or point a cocky finger, or do some version of a touchdown boogie. Jamie Brisick, The New Yorker, "Surfing in the Age of the Omnipresent Camera," 26 Aug. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Billionaire Elon Musk boogied on stage at a Tesla event in Shanghai, demonstrating that his moves aren't as smooth as riding in one of his company's cars. Alex Chaet, CNN, "Must-watch videos of the week," 10 Jan. 2020 Christmas Dollar Skate Ice skating is a nice seasonal activity and all, but some people prefer to boogie with DJ Santa at the roller rink. Kimi Robinson, azcentral, "No plans on Christmas Day? Here are 11 places around Phoenix that are open on Dec. 25," 19 Dec. 2019 Taylor and Bebe Rexha also had a long chat off camera, talking intently in between Swift boogieing to the live performances. Joe Lynch, Billboard, "Taylor Swift and Todrick Hall Share Adorable Off-Camera Moment at the 2019 MTV VMAs," 26 Aug. 2019 By the end of the evening, people had abandoned their rickety folding chairs and little plastic cups of wine to boogie with abandon. Amanda Petrusich, The New Yorker, "The Heavy, Meditative, and Tender Music of Les Filles de Illighadad," 11 Nov. 2019 Dive in deep with our list below and boogie all weekend. Billboard Staff, Billboard, "First Spin: The Week's Best New Dance Tracks From Ducky, Zedd, Boys Noize & More," 27 Sep. 2019 Researchers say that a cockatoo who became famous a decade ago for boogieing to the Backstreet Boys does more than just bob his head and lift his feet to the music. Martin Finucane,, "Researchers investigate why only humans and parrots can boogie-oogie-oogie," 9 July 2019 This blend results in a sound that is all at once very modern but recalls bygone decades when boogieing was all the rage. Tamar Herman, Billboard, "WJSN Want to 'Boogie Up' This Summer: Watch the Music Video," 4 June 2019 During the game delay in Kokomo, Thomas heard the commotion and looked over to see Vance boogieing and shimmying in the bullpen. Meg Jones, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Kenosha ballplayer re-creates Beyonce's 'Single Ladies' video - while wearing shin guards," 23 June 2019

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First Known Use of boogie


1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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“Boogie.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of boogie

: to dance especially to rock music
US : to move or go quickly

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