Main definitions of bogan in English

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bogan1

noun

Australian, NZ
informal, derogatory
  • An uncouth or unsophisticated person regarded as being of low social status:

    ‘some bogans yelled at us from their cars’
    ‘my family are culinary bogans’
    • ‘The party was good, save for his bogan high school friends.’
    • ‘Some people don't know how to behave - and that's not just the bogans vomiting in the garden.’
    • ‘She was some bogan girl from a dairy farm who taught modelling.’
    • ‘The manager had come back into the theatre with the bald bloke from the front row and told the five of us - Charlie, me and the three bogans - not so politely, to leave.’
    • ‘There are few things as exquisite as seeing a bogan experiencing the worst, most humiliating moment of his life.’
    • ‘It's interesting when the bogans actually notice what the consequences of hardline ‘law and order’ policies actually are.’
    • ‘Early Friday afternoon, like two frozen bogans, we walked to the end of the street and jumped on the tram for a ride down to Melbourne University.’
    • ‘Once again, he is channelling his inner bogan and blaming the media for his troubles’
    • ‘Seriously, you gotta love the bogans who plan to celebrate their lottery win with a meal of champagne and pizza.’
    • ‘Maybe I've been just as blinkered as the bogans out on the northern suburbs whose radio dial has been frozen solid on the classic rock station since 1983.’
    • ‘The Esplanade has become a meeting place for boy racers, bogans, and others out for a good time, upsetting the peace and quiet residents once enjoyed.’
    • ‘The male clientele was nothing to write home about - big bad bogans in big bad bogan metro wear, target shirts, metro tees, and lots of acid wash and hair gel.’
    • ‘I ferried up to the last point on the river, got out for a walk around to give the bogans a chance to shout incomprehensibly to me, and went back to where I started.’
    • ‘I'm proud to say that I'm now living in the western suburbs of Sydney, and I'm surrounded by bogans.’
    • ‘It drives me crazy that right-on activists who would go nuts if they heard people use race or gender based slurs can happily joke about bogans.’
    • ‘It's time to bring higher education to the bogans, and to let them in turn transform the academy.’
    • ‘I hated the stupid 57 tram, filled with bogans and taking ages to get into the city.’
    • ‘These guys aren't your clichéd leather-clad bogans.’
    • ‘As the day wore on and the booze went down, people's inner bogans were unleashed.’
    • ‘At Balclutha I stopped to photograph the river, watched by a bogan with a pick-up truck.’
    lout, boor, barbarian, neanderthal, churl, clown, gawk, hulk, bumpkin, yokel
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Origin

1980s: perhaps from the surname Bogan.

Pronunciation:

bogan

/ˈbəʊɡ(ə)n/

Main definitions of bogan in English

: bogan1bogan2

bogan2

noun

Canadian
  • A side stream.

Origin

Algonquian.

Pronunciation:

bogan

/ˈbəʊɡ(ə)n/