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 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 Their hardcore boogie incorporates elements of country blues, jazz, rockabilly, and American roots music., "The Ticket: What’s happening in the local arts world," 4 July 2019 Last year, Arthur Medici, a 26-year-old who was boogie boarding, was bitten by a shark off Wellfleet and died from his injuries. Maria Lovato,, "A running list of Cape Cod beach closures due to shark sightings," 7 Aug. 2019 Nearly a year ago, in September, a 26-year-old man named Arthur Medici died after he was bitten by a great white shark while boogie boarding on a beach in the Outer Cape town of Wellfleet. Kate Taylor, New York Times, "‘Shark!’: Cape Cod Recoils in a Summer of Great White Sightings, Real and Imagined," 20 Aug. 2019 Bring your picnic blanket and boogie shoes for the free Riverstage concerts along the Ohio River. Kirby Adams, The Courier-Journal, "Summer's not over yet! Don't miss these free outdoor movies and concerts in Louisville," 20 Aug. 2019 To date, there have been some 47 members of this joyous traveling show, which has spread the gospel of peace, love and boogie to untold millions around the globe since 1989. Jordan Runtagh,, "Starr Man: Inside Ringo's 30-Year Odyssey with His All-Starr Band," 19 Aug. 2019 On Saturday, a 49-year-old was bitten on the leg by a shark while boogie boarding in Volusia County. CBS News, "Teen surfer bitten by shark off Florida shrugs it off," 30 July 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb 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 So fun playing in the water with Bear. Swimming, boogie boarding and just savoring. Stephanie Petit,, "Alicia Silverstone Documents Hawaiian Vacation with Son After Confirming Split from Husband," 27 Feb. 2018 While it can be performed anywhere, some of the biggest videos have people stepping out of moving cars to boogie in the streets. Patricia Hernandez, The Verge, "Feds ask people to stop climbing out of cars and dancing to Drake," 27 July 2018 Fueled by Kim Crawford wines, partygoers boogied to Latin American tunes performed by a fantastically talented band. Chioma Nnadi, Vogue, "Lauren Santo Domingo, Bruce Willis, Huma Abedin, and More Celebrate Designer Johanna Ortiz," 8 June 2018

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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.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 22 November 2019.

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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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