Definition of boogie in English:

boogie

noun

  • 1[mass noun] A style of blues played on the piano with a strong, fast beat:

    ‘the strident boogie of the title track’
    [count noun] ‘the pianist cruises through old-fashioned boogies’
    • ‘New to audiences might be the fact that the lindy hop, along with the Charleston, cakewalk, minstrel blues and boogie-woogie, was originally called jazz.’
    • ‘There are workshops on boogie-woogie piano and acoustic and electric guitar.’
    • ‘He is still Jones's hero, and Holland has always loved boogie-woogie piano.’
    • ‘And the latest entertainment for the regulars is the new honky-tonk / boogie-woogie piano nights with Karl Mullen on ‘as many Fridays as possible’.’
    • ‘Jools Holland and his 18-piece Rhythm and Blues Orchestra will play their boogie-woogie, honed over 15 albums and two decades, on July 2.’
    • ‘There's as much boogie-woogie in its movements as conga and tango.’
    • ‘And not just R and B, but funk, blues and boogie-woogie - Turner shows his versatility and mastery at every turn.’
    • ‘I particularly admired his performances of J. P. Johnson's stride pieces, boogie-woogie, and of his own works for organ.’
    • ‘Eastwood explains: ‘The first thing he showed me was how to play boogie-woogie.’’
    • ‘His earliest influences were boogie-woogie, blues and swing.’
    • ‘I mean, Paul's about as close to an original as you can get without being one, but if I really want to hear some great boogie-woogie, I'll go to the source, thanks.’
    • ‘I think it's best if I leave the old boogie-woogie to the Sugar Babes of the world, eh?’
    • ‘I can't imagine him incorporating boogie-woogie or rock.’
    • ‘Fats invented the boogie-woogie piano style later used ubiquitously by early rock-n-rollers like Jerry Lee Lewis.’
    • ‘He played some fantastic boogie-woogie piano, then fell off the piano stool and was sick on the floor.’
    • ‘Some boogie-woogie piano, some Japanese pop, some Frank Sinatra.’
    • ‘Then, some boogie-woogie piano comes in, and kids begin shouting, ‘Happy birthday to you!’’
    • ‘Gints sits down to rattle off some boogie-woogie.’
    • ‘Here, you find everything from 12-tone to boogie-woogie, neoclassic to blues, and neo-romantic to completely abstract constructions.’
    • ‘He indulges in doo-wop, rhythm and blues, boogie-woogie and Euro-classical paradigms.’
    1. 1.1informal [count noun] A dance to pop or rock music.
      • ‘‘We've even had two police officers have a little boogie,’ says Cummins.’
      • ‘And unlike the previous use of archaic folk tunes, Cajun stomps and swamp water boogies just don't have the same traditionalist staying power.’
      • ‘I think if you want to have a good time with good company, then this is a good choice for a boogie.’
      • ‘The last time I went out on the town for a few drinks and a bit of a boogie was my birthday, back in October.’
      • ‘Well, I should probably go, I have some mad boogie dancing to catch up with.’
      • ‘I put my book down and scrolled through Navigation to see if ex-owner had the Macarena, as I felt like a bit of a boogie to music that no one else could hear.’
      • ‘I'm going to go out on the dance floor and have a boogie as Luke puts it.’
      • ‘The name Earth, Wind and Fire is almost synonymous with good vibes, sing-a-long hits and boogie dancing!’
      • ‘That is how my day at work went, from watching cartoons to watching an eight-year-old boogie to mobile phone tunes.’
      • ‘In the video, he gets chased around by a gangster for a while and then celebrates getting away by having a bit of a boogie on a stage.’
      • ‘Remember drinking champers and having a boogie… the rest is a blank?’
      • ‘Jordanians feel that a bit of a boogie makes a meal go down easier, so live music and a dancefloor are a must at posher establishments.’
      • ‘That night we find ourselves in the Zona Rosa area to hear more live music, have a boogie, and quaff more of the local firewater, Aguardiente.’
      • ‘Down by Mexico way is close by makes a nice combo if you fancy a salsa boogie upstairs.’
      • ‘Nitty Gritty at Oslo is open 9-2pm and is the place to be on a Wednesday if you want a drink and a boogie.’
      • ‘It's a cool place, great for a Friday or Saturday night where your looking for some good drinks and a boogie till around 1: 30.’
      • ‘Everyone out to have a good boogie on a Saturday night.’
      • ‘After a bit of a boogie to Grooverider with the dance nutters we left for home at about 3am.’
      • ‘It is a fantastic album and whenever we do a concert and she is playing we all have a boogie and try and copy her dance routines.’
      • ‘So I was in this club, having a bit of a boogie with Hot Canadian Dude (who isn't so hot anymore.’

verb

[NO OBJECT]informal
  • 1 Dance to pop or rock music:

    ‘Pat went off to boogie to a steel band’
    • ‘You have to fully regroup, march right back to front and boogie down like Ben and George.’
    • ‘Committee members and volunteers were letting their hair down and they boogied and jived to the rhythmic beat of local band The Jury.’
    • ‘There is also the added bonus of great walks and a dance floor to boogie off those calories.’
    • ‘Suddenly the groom's 80-year-old grandmother boogied to the dance floor and started a very lively line dance, which inspired half the room to hop to their feet.’
    • ‘I yelled to her, as she boogied with her friends on the living room rug, ‘I'm trying my dress on now!’’
    • ‘If you shimmied to ‘Shake,’ you'll want to boogie down to ‘Bounce’ and ‘Girl Next Door.’’
    • ‘She said: ‘John runs mobile discos and we are always the first to boogie at parties.’’
    • ‘In some ways that's no bad thing - what else is dance music for if not to compel you to boogie?’
    • ‘So in a fond farewell, supporters turned out to test their artful talents in the old structure and to boogie down in the adjacent, air-conditioned party tent.’
    • ‘No-one objects when you boogie around your flat in a victory dance with a self-satisfied grin on your face.’
    • ‘‘I would like to show them how to boogie down,’ he shouts on the album's most cohesive song, ‘Paper Mills’.’
    • ‘People flocked out to hear the chosen band and to either sit and enjoy the music, or boogie the night away.’
    • ‘During the curtain call, Mitchell boogied with Allen.’
    • ‘As Kate got more alcohol into her system, the more she wanted to dance, and her and Cameron boogied on the dance floor.’
    • ‘And he says, ‘Sometimes I wanted to go out and go and boogie and dance and cajole around and drink and smoke and have fun.’’
    • ‘I also like any movie where the characters can boogie, and Napoleon has dancing skills like I've never seen.’
    • ‘After the speech, Churchill Club members boogied away the night in single-minded pursuit of the groove.’
    • ‘As the night wore on, the disco took over with young and old taking to the dance floor to boogie the night away.’
    • ‘The traveler, on the other hand, is ready to boogie when he or she leaves, but is lonesome and tired on the way home.’
    • ‘I thought it was just an album to boogie and eat Angel Delight to.’
    • ‘He pointed to the dance floor, where her group was still boogieing.’
    1. 1.1North American [no object, with adverbial of direction] Move or leave somewhere fast:
      ‘I think we'd better boogie on out of here’
      • ‘Obviously we'll do the show and then right after that I have to boogie out to get to Texas because we start running the following day in Texas.’
      • ‘When the effervescent teenage waiter boogied past us on his way another table, M stopped him with the question that was clearly eating him.’
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Origin

Early 20th century (originally US in the sense ‘party’): of unknown origin.

Pronunciation

boogie

/ˈbuːɡi/