po·​gy ˈpō-gē How to pronounce pogy (audio)
plural pogies

Examples of pogy in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web Some large reds are being caught just outside the bar—a live pogy is the best attraction, but some fish are also being caught on large jerkbaits. Frank Sargeant, al, 25 June 2021 Because of this, pogies are usually used as bait to help catch bigger fish. Tamara Fuentes, Seventeen, 19 Apr. 2020 For many Atlantic and Gulf Coast anglers, large live menhaden (also referred to as bunker or pogies) are premier baits for tarpon, king mackerel, cobia, striped bass, bluefish, and more. Bob McNally, Field & Stream, 2 Jan. 2020 The Mystic River in Everett and Somerville reeked as thousands of dead pogies rotted along the shore last summer. Sarah Wu, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2019 Over the last two summers, large schools of menhaden (pogies) have been in residence from the South Shore to N.H. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Aug. 2019 Division of Marine Fisheries biologists determined that the pogies, which are typically between 8 and 11 inches long, died of natural causes. Sarah Wu, BostonGlobe.com, 1 Aug. 2019 The good news is that this juvenile humpback, still of unknown gender, is feeding successfully at the mouth of Boston Harbor on schools of menhaden, also known locally as pogies. Travis Andersen, BostonGlobe.com, 6 Aug. 2019 The pogies are getting ready to migrate too, and the cobia gorge on them to get ready to shoot back east. Ben Raines, AL.com, 1 Nov. 2017

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Word History


by shortening & alteration from poghaden, perhaps from Eastern Abenaki

First Known Use

1840, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of pogy was in 1840

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“Pogy.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/pogy. Accessed 21 Apr. 2024.

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