bougie

adjective
bou·​gie | \ ˈbü-ˌzhē How to pronounce bougie (audio) \
variants: or less commonly bourgie \ ˈbu̇r-​ˌzhē , ˈbü-​ˌzhē How to pronounce bougie (audio) \

Definition of bougie

 (Entry 1 of 3)

informal + usually disparaging : marked by a concern for wealth, possessions, and respectability : bourgeois Soothing rhythms after midnight, theme songs to lucky affairs, shotgun weddings, and bougie proms, the fodder for adventurous crooners on amateur night at the Apollo …— Michael A. Gonzales After college, [writer Colson Whitehead] stopped going out to Sag Harbor much. "It was too bourgie," he said.— Charles McGrath

bougie

noun (1)
variants: or less commonly bourgie
plural bougies also bourgies

Definition of bougie (Entry 2 of 3)

informal + usually disparaging
: a middle-class person : bourgeois Of course, it may have occurred to Garber that people who summer in charming Nantucket houses, as she does, ought not to throw stones at wasteful bougies.— Zoe Heller

bougie

noun (2)
bou·​gie | \ ˈbü-ˌzhē How to pronounce bougie (audio) , -ˌjē \
plural bougies

Definition of bougie (Entry 3 of 3)

1 : a wax candle
2a : a tapering cylindrical instrument for introduction into a tubular passage of the body

First Known Use of bougie

Adjective

1968, in the meaning defined above

Noun (1)

1966, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for bougie

Adjective

bourge(ois) entry 1 + -y entry 1

Noun (2)

French, from Bougie, seaport in Algeria

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“Bougie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/bougie. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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bougie

noun
bou·​gie | \ ˈbü-ˌzhē How to pronounce bougie (audio) , -ˌjē How to pronounce bougie (audio) \

Medical Definition of bougie

1 : a tapering cylindrical instrument for introduction into a tubular passage of the body

Bougie geographical name

Definition of Bougie

— see bejaïa

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