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

Definition of bougie

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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


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

Definition of bougie (Entry 2 of 2)

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

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bougie or less commonly bourgie noun, plural bougies also bourgies
Although it has produced some of the world's most dedicated and respected freedom fighters, the Black middle class as a group is characterized in the public mind as pretentious, conspicuous consumers. A street name for them is "bourgies," short for bourgeoisie. — Nathan Hare 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

First Known Use of bougie


1732, in the meaning defined at sense 1


1968, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bougie


French, from Bougie, seaport in Algeria


bourge(ois) entry 1 + -y entry 1

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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

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