One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1A score of one stroke over par at a hole.
- ‘He had just six bogeys and one double bogey in the first three rounds.’
- ‘Then I made a triple bogey and two double bogeys in the last five holes.’
- ‘When you're trying to break 100 for the first time, a bogey is a great score, and it should be your goal.’
- ‘DiMarco, tied for the lead after the first round, had an inconsistent round that included an eagle, four birdies, three bogeys and a double bogey.’
- ‘He was six over after the first seven holes after a run of four bogeys compounded by a double bogey on the sixth.’
- ‘Having had a poor run of three bogeys in four holes from the seventh, she had the consolation of a strong finish.’
- ‘But a bogey on that hole meant all I needed on the par - 4 18th was a 5 and I would break 90.’
- ‘He got back into contention with a level par 71 containing six birdies, four bogeys and one double bogey.’
- ‘He played an inconsistent round comprising six birdies, two bogeys and a double bogey.’
- ‘She fell three behind after 10 holes before Bob Mucha wobbled to three bogeys and a double bogey over the final six holes.’
- ‘On his way to victory, Patel had four birdies in the first 18 holes, marred by a bogey and one double-bogey and four more birdies coming in, a round also spoiled by a couple of one-over par holes.’
- ‘His round included two birdies, four bogeys, a double-bogey and a triple-bogey.’
- ‘Three bogeys in four holes from the ninth saw him subside to five-under-par for the tournament, which is where he finished.’
- ‘Just as quickly, two bogeys and a double bogey cost him the lead.’
- ‘After a bogey on the first hole, I hit into the woods on the par - 5 second and had to punch out.’
- ‘I remember I had to make an eight-foot putt for bogey on the first hole.’
- ‘But his round fell apart when he carded a double bogey on the 15th and a bogey on the final hole.’
- ‘McGinley had been in touch with the leaders since day one but two bogeys and a double bogey in four holes proved his undoing.’
- ‘Stuart Appleby struggled on the home stretch, registering three bogeys in four holes before an out-of-bounds drive on the last cost him three points.’
- ‘She struggled in the second round, leading Ochoa by just a stroke after two bogeys and four birdies.’
- 1.1archaic term for par (sense 1 of the noun)
Play (a hole) in one stroke over par.
- ‘Brewer told a story about Rosburg leading a tournament in Portland, but then the next day bogeying the first hole, double-bogeying the second before walking off the course in disgust.’
- ‘Evans, who missed out on last year's play-off by bogeying the final hole at Muirfield, took full advantage of his favourable early start to finish with a level par 71.’
- ‘She bogeyed her third hole of the day, then birdied seven of her final 13 holes.’
- ‘I hobbled into the clubhouse after bogeying the hole and shooting my first 79.’
- ‘Though Walton bogeyed the hole, Haas lost the match, and Europe won the Ryder Cup.’
Late 19th century: perhaps from Bogey, denoting the Devil (see bogey), regarded as an imaginary player.
1An evil or mischievous spirit.
evil spirit, bogle, ghost, spectre, phantom, hobgoblin, ogre, troll, demon, devil, fiend, sprite, witch, warlock, apparitionView synonyms
- ‘I hereby promise to donate £5 to the campaign fund of anyone prepared to stand in Worcester as the Pants Candidate and pursue him round his constituency with supporters dressed as bogies and toilet turtles.’
- ‘And another chapter concerns the various demonic figures that acted as bogeys, especially for Greek women.’
- ‘Like most Class 2 bogies, Theys attack singly or in groups, and only ever attack when their prey is alone.’
- ‘There were Ghosts, plain and simple: mere bogies, fully conscious of their own decay, who had accepted the traditional role of the spectre, and seemed to hope they could frighten someone.’
- ‘Umm Ba'ula, the mother of bogeys, is a supernatural figure in warning stories told to small children.’
- ‘Surely there can be no better way to interest young children in science than talking bogeys.’
- ‘But at the Reformation, this interpretation was forbidden, and a bogey henceforth could only be a bogey, never a ghost.’
- 1.1 A person or thing that causes fear or alarm.‘the bogey of recession’
bugbear, pet hate, bane, anathema, abomination, nightmare, horror, dread, curse, thorn in one's flesh, thorn in one's side, bane of one's life, bugabooView synonyms
- ‘Do you know the difference between real bad guys and the bogies leaders use to try and hoax your liberties away?’
- ‘Of course, any such attempt is constrained by the spectre of a nuclear war, whose bogey is very calculatingly turned off and on by the country's government officials.’
- ‘The Court of Appeal decision did not raise any bogeys.’
- ‘Deforestation, soil erosion, overstocking of cattle are no longer seen as bogeys or as inevitable consequences of population increase.’
- ‘So Ryle's fundamental target is not the Cartesian hypothesis of the ghost in the machine: it is ‘the bogy of mechanism’, mistaken fear of which leads people to embrace the Cartesian hypothesis.’
- ‘Italian poets, in any case, have different bogies to contend with than those of American poets.’
- ‘The bogey of community in peril was falsely raised to keep the constituency within the preserve of male candidates.’
- ‘He surprised the Labor movement with his exploitation of the communist bogey.’
- ‘Old bogeys that should have been buried years ago have been needlessly reinvigorated.’
- ‘Prions, the rogue proteins that also cause BSE, have come to be an ultra-modern bogey, a sinister by-product of urbanisation.’
- ‘While behaviour disturbance, depression, extreme anxiety, and other psychiatric conditions might become manifest, post traumatic stress is the bogey.’
- ‘Do not let the bogy of behaviourism scare you off observing these features; I am not asking you to believe that ‘to see’ is itself a word for a kind of behaviour.’
- ‘This is where the vulgar ‘intellectuals’ and slogan-mongers start talking about the bogy of ‘economic rationalism’.’
- ‘The early period of the Hawke government saw real if flawed attempts to wrestle with the unemployment bogey.’
- ‘Pagans mocked the notion as a bogy to frighten people into the Church.’
- ‘Eliminating the need for external adjusters saved weight, cost and complexity, and helped the three automakers easily surpass their durability bogeys.’
- ‘Proliferation of nuclear weapons may be the big bogey, but the proliferation of copying machines will do the job just as well.’
- ‘Laughter and derision are in many ways the deadliest bogies in politics.’
- ‘Although, as we shall see, Ryle says a good deal more about our mental concepts, it cannot be said that he seriously addresses this question and thereby slays the bogy of mechanism.’
- 1.2US military slang An unidentified aircraft.
- ‘In the 1970s the Texas Guard, part of the North American Air Defense Command, also regularly scrambled fighters to intercept unknown bogies headed toward the US over the Gulf of Mexico.’
- ‘They were called in to intercept incoming bogies and succeeded in downing two PAF F86s out of four that were attacking the airfield.’
- ‘We show a sixty percent chance of bogies being Iraqi MIG - 23's.’
- ‘When escorting, maintain a tight weave over your formation when bogies are sighted.’
- ‘In fact, I can't even recall hearing them called Soviets or Russians or anything that would identify them; all we get are references to MiGs and bogies.’
Mid 19th century (as a proper name applied to the Devil): of unknown origin; probably related to bogle.
An act of swimming or bathing.
Mid 19th century: from Dharuk bu-gi ‘to swim’.
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