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


Let's boogie on out of here.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Concerts, festivals, movies, and more serve as this month’s reason to sing and dance — so get out those crop tops, sun hats, and boogie-shoes, and take advantage of these five upcoming attractions. Claire Wolters,, "The 5 best things to do in Philadelphia this July," 27 June 2018 He’ll be joined by Launchpad McQuack, Scrooge McDuck, and other characters for daytime meet-and-greets and nighttime boogie bashes. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Disney World kicks off an "Incredible Summer"," 25 May 2018 Injury to a player might come after being hit with a boogie bomb — a grenadelike weapon that renders players defenseless by forcing them to dance. Ally Marotti,, "'Fortnite: Battle Royale' upended the video game world, and Chicago's game developers are trying to capture its magic," 11 May 2018 Big Joe Turner crying the blues over the insistent, rollicking boogie beat of Pete Johnson’s piano. John Edward Hasse, WSJ, "The Concert That Changed Music History," 24 Dec. 2018 How to vote How to register to vote How to play Mega Millions How to buy Ripple How to turn off automatic updates How to get the old Snapple back How to play Powerball How to buy Bitcoin How to screen record How to get boogie down emote What is. . Vogue, "Here’s What Everyone Was Googling in 2018," 12 Dec. 2018 Like its predecessors, last year’s Lödarödböl (Sailor Records) has a confident swagger in its crunchy, crusty hard-rock, psychedelic custom-van boogie. Monica Kendrick, Chicago Reader, "Greenbeard’s psychedelic boogie-rock oozes stoner perfection on Lödarödböl," 6 Apr. 2018 The young man was bitten while boogie-boarding about 30 yards off the beach. Michelle Gant, Fox News, "American tourist in Bahamas bitten by shark while spearfishing," 24 Sep. 2018 Medici, born in Vitoria, Brazil, was bitten by a shark Saturday while boogie boarding off Wellfleet and later died at a hospital. Fox News, "Funeral services planned for victim of Cape Cod shark attack," 19 Sep. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 On Saturday, June 16, amazing Chicago boogie label Star Creature Universal Vibrations takes over the Hideout for a label showcase and release party. Leor Galil, Chicago Reader, "The day has come: Quenchers hosts its final concert," 12 June 2018 Last week in New York City, swing lovers boogied down on the deck of the USS Intrepid -- an aircraft carrier built way back in the original swing era -- as part of the third annual Intrepid Battle of the Big Bands. Kenneth Partridge, Billboard, "In Defense of the Swing Revival: Why America Flipped for '40s Sounds in 1998," 29 May 2018 Boston Architectural College held its spring gala the other night, and the 500 or so guests at the Boston Design Center boogied down. Mark Shanahan,, "Boston Architectural College holds spring fling," 20 Apr. 2018 Finally the whole school wins the right to boogie down at a big dance. Lisa Respers France, CNN, "Tom Cruise teases 'Top Gun' sequel," 31 May 2018 This band and their eclectic mix of instruments know how to get kids to boogie. 11 to 11:45 a.m. and 2 to 2:45 p.m., June 9 Does your little one go crazy for the Cubbies? Christen A. Johnson,, "Printers Row Lit Fest offers up family fun in Lil' Lit Park," 23 May 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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English Language Learners Definition of boogie

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

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