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 But as the character recedes into this tiny, inner world, Horsegirl explode into a boisterous din, dive bombing into the boogie buried in their wall of fuzz. Jon Blistein, Rolling Stone, 18 Nov. 2021 Earlier Lanctot noticed two men with boogie boards headed toward a break south of the lot. New York Times, 20 Oct. 2021 In Huntington Beach, shops selling everything from bikinis to stars-and-stripes boogie boards to sand toys and fishing gear have taken an economic hit since the spill. Amy Taxin,, 11 Oct. 2021 Rocha had tied a boogie-board leash around one of Medici’s legs. New York Times, 20 Oct. 2021 In recent years, The Nukes have become increasingly difficult to categorize musically, zigzagging from ZZ Top boogie to ethereal excursions influenced by The Police. Matt Wake |, al, 19 Oct. 2021 Our Father Chuck, who art in heaven, hallowed be thy boogie. Paul Daugherty, The Enquirer, 5 Oct. 2021 Dusty Hill, the quiet bearded bass player in ZZ Top, best known in the 1980s for their blend of boogie, Southern rock and blues, has died at the age of 72. Kathy Laskowski,, 1 Aug. 2021 Starting in the early 1970s, ZZ Top racked up dozens of hit records and packed hundreds of arenas a year with their powerful blend of boogie, Southern rock and blues., 29 July 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Debbie McCollum, senior director of program leadership, sat across from a boy ready to boogie. Vincent T. Davis, San Antonio Express-News, 23 Nov. 2021 Still, credit the 74-year-old Close for being willing to boogie shortly after losing out on an Oscar for the eighth time — a record among living performers. Jake Coyle, Star Tribune, 26 Apr. 2021 The Heat need a ballhandling guard who can boogie with it. Matt Eppers, USA TODAY, 24 Mar. 2021 Dance-party endings can be interactive and participatory, sometimes encouraging audience members to come onstage or else just get up and boogie in the aisles. Rebecca Alter, Vulture, 25 Feb. 2021 Around that time, Woods started collecting Amateur Championship titles and losing his ability to boogie to the beat. Neal Justin, Star Tribune, 8 Jan. 2021 Choose waves or the calm bay, and relax on the shore or stay busy surfing, paddleboarding, or boogie boarding. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 31 May 2020 One side is referred to as Baby Beach, where the water is very shallow and sheltered, and the other is popular for surfing, snorkeling, windsurfing, and boogie boarding. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, 20 May 2020 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, 10 Jan. 2020

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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 (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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