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 Waves pushed us to shore on rubber air-mattresses later replaced by boogie boards. Julia Wick, Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: Essential California: The common threads in three L.A. races," 5 Nov. 2020 However, the ordinance also allowed other devices including surfboards, boogie boards and even fishing float tubes and swimming pool toys such as air mattresses and floating chairs that were previously excluded. Phil Diehl, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Surfboards, boogie boards banned at Oceanside harbor," 27 Oct. 2020 In this haunting tale of a hook-handed boogie man stalking Chicago’s Cabrini Green housing complex, race and class provide the horror. Washington Post, "‘Bad Hair’ and 9 other scary movies where Black characters actually survive until the end," 23 Oct. 2020 In regular session, the council introduced an ordinance restricting surfboards, boogie boards or similar craft with or without a foil and/or motor in the harbor or inlet. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "How they voted, Oct. 11," 11 Oct. 2020 In regular session at 5 p.m., the council will introduce an ordinance restricting the use of surfboards, boogie boards or similar craft with or without a foil and/or motor in the harbor or inlet. Laura Groch, San Diego Union-Tribune, "On the agenda, Oct. 4," 4 Oct. 2020 Two children -- ages 10 and 14 -- were on boogie boards about 4:45 p.m. Thursday at South Haven's South Beach when they were also caught up in rip currents. Kristen Jordan Shamus, Detroit Free Press, "18-year-old missing, presumed drowned in Lake Michigan as rough water closes beach," 8 Sep. 2020 After each bingo game, the participants were encouraged to get up from their chairs and boogie to the music of The Beach Boys, Elvis Presley and Jan & Dean. John Benson, cleveland, "North Olmsted Senior Center offers fun, fun, fun at outdoor Beach Blanket Boogie Bingo," 3 Sep. 2020 It’s not a nothing-burger and it’s definitely not the big boogie monster. John Talty |, al, "Q&A: Cardiologist explains why myocarditis shouldn’t be primary reason to cancel football," 19 Aug. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Choose waves or the calm bay, and relax on the shore or stay busy surfing, paddleboarding, or boogie boarding. Patricia Doherty, Travel + Leisure, "The Best Beaches in Southern California," 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, "25 Best Beaches in the U.S.," 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, "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

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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 2 Dec. 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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