loo·​gie ˈlü-gē How to pronounce loogie (audio)
plural loogies
US, informal
: a mass of saliva and phlegm hawked up from the throat
hawk/hock a loogie
There was a time not so long ago, about 22 months ago in fact, when in the fraction of a second it takes to send a loogie hurtling toward a home plate umpire, he became the most hated man in baseball.Tony Jackson

Examples of loogie in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web The hard pass is especially effective when paired with a refusal to look up from your phone or a disdainful loogie hock. Evan Waite, The New Yorker, 10 Apr. 2024 Not some fed up Thuringian washerwoman hocking loogies at the parish priest, but an individual who has been so gripped by an enfolding ideology that the boundary between possessor and possessed is erased. Kent Russell, Harper's Magazine, 11 May 2022 Kendall chugs the brown sludge of Tabasco, raw eggs, milk, Peter’s off-limits cheese, other atrocities, and a loogie of Shiv’s spit before Roman dumps the whole thing on his head. Erica Gonzales, ELLE, 30 May 2023 The alternative, of course, is hocking a loogie. Markham Heid, Men's Health, 31 Mar. 2023 This is the first time, however, that either costar has provided an explanation for what Styles really did in the clip, if not hocking a loogie on the Star Trek actor’s lap. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 1 Mar. 2023 And, most perplexingly, did Styles hock a loogie on co-star Chris Pine’s lap at the screening, as social media sleuths contended, or was Spitgate merely a collective hallucination driven by insatiable appetite for idiotic controversy? Julian Sancton, The Hollywood Reporter, 27 Dec. 2022 Now, all rational thinking would suggest that Styles did not intentionally hock a loogie into the lap of his castmate at a prestigious event. Hannah Dailey, Billboard, 6 Sep. 2022 The video includes a visual of Pine gazing down at his right thigh, potentially to inspect a loogie that landed upon it, before stretching his face into an uncomfortable smile. Sonia Rao, Washington Post, 6 Sep. 2022

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Word History


phonesthemic coinage, with -oog- perhaps after bogey "piece of nasal mucus" or booger, with the suffix -ie

First Known Use

1967, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of loogie was in 1967

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“Loogie.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/loogie. Accessed 18 Jun. 2024.

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