Definition of bogus in English:

bogus

adjective

  • Not genuine or true (used in a disapproving manner when deception has been attempted)

    ‘a bogus insurance claim’
    • ‘We filter all the e-mails in the evening to verify whether any bogus votes are cast.’
    • ‘He had denied using a false diary and concocting a bogus story in his defence of the Daily Star's claims.’
    • ‘Then Dawn became the victim of a bogus police officer who used a false warrant card to gain access to her home and quiz her for hours.’
    • ‘The government has already begun a crackdown on bogus foreign language courses and sham marriages.’
    • ‘Conmen are attempting to make people cough up bogus traffic fines after they return from trips abroad.’
    • ‘Elderly people are being warned to beware of bogus callers following an attempted burglary in Sutton.’
    • ‘She used four fictitious names on bogus loan applications to her company and pocketed the proceeds.’
    • ‘Thousands of cab drivers are set to strike in protest at new safety rules designed to end the menace of bogus minicabs.’
    • ‘Much of the book sounds like a bogus impersonation, a belletrist's version of Boris Karloff.’
    • ‘Figures on financial loss created by bogus claims involving hi-tech goods are hard to come by.’
    • ‘A Downpatrick man was targeted by a bogus caller claiming to want to use his phone.’
    • ‘The danger remains that in focusing on bogus risks, we miss the real ones.’
    • ‘Genuine refugees should then be welcomed and supported while the bogus are sent back.’
    • ‘The narrator showed how money was moved from Citibank to a bogus company.’
    • ‘John Sweeney, in a TV documentary to be shown tonight, says the figures are bogus.’
    • ‘It was difficult to avoid the conclusion that the claims of fair trade are bogus.’
    • ‘Police are appealing to people in Darwen to keep their homes secure after bogus salesmen swooped on the town.’
    • ‘A pensioner has been conned into handing over his life savings to bogus workmen.’
    • ‘And we exposed him as being prepared to offer help to an apparent bogus asylum seeker.’
    • ‘A bogus bailiff is conning youngsters out of their hard earned pocket money, it was claimed today.’
    fake, faked, spurious, false, fraudulent, sham, deceptive, misleading, pretended
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Origin

Late 18th century (originally US, denoting a machine for making counterfeit money): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

bogus

/ˈbəʊɡəs/