boo·​gie | \ˈbu̇-gē, ˈbü- \

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, ˈbü- \
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

Catch boogie fever on the lighted dance floor of the late-night, weekends-only club Paula & Raiford’s Disco downtown. Elaine Glusac, New York Times, "36 Hours in Memphis," 22 Mar. 2018 Expect zesty electro-shock reimaginings of twangy country and Western boogie from a lineup that includes Big Sandy, roots rockers Lara Hope & the Ark-Tones and Lansing rockers the Devil’s Cut. Jeff Milo, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit music: Downtown Brown, Amino Acids, AM People, free JR JR show," 14 June 2018 The party focuses on classic dance styles from the late ’70s to early ’90s, including Chicago house, disco, freestyle, groove, boogie, Italo and funk. Adam Lukach, RedEye Chicago, "5 things to do this weekend in Chicago," 5 July 2018 Kaleo kicked into higher, faster gear later on, and its chunky, funky boogie was a real blast. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Best and worst of Summerfest Day 4: In Real Life, Kaleo, Buddy Guy, Jonny Lang and more," 30 June 2018 Authorities have suspended their search for a Colorado teen missing after being hit by a wave while boogie boarding on the Oregon coast. Jim Ryan,, "Search suspended for Colorado teen missing off Oregon coast," 6 June 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

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 Brian, however, is not a sit-com character but rather a successful dancer, having pirouetted and boogied for 35 years, and is currently in Seattle as part of a 20-city tour with Sean Dorsey. Kevin Fisher-paulson, San Francisco Chronicle, "Kevin Fisher-Paulson: Having faith that everything will work out," 7 May 2018 Dancers would select a music genre and boogie away. Marlisse Cepeda, Woman's Day, "Traffic Light in Portugal Shows People Dancing in Real Time," 18 Sep. 2014

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First Known Use of boogie


1929, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1968, in the meaning defined at sense 1

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English Language Learners Definition of boogie

: to dance especially to rock music

: to move or go quickly

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