Origin of bogeyafter Colossians Bogey (named from a popular music hall refrain), imaginary partner assumed to play a first-rate gameGolf
- par, esp. for an average player: a former meaning
- one stroke more than par on a hole
also bo·gy or bo·gie
nounpl. bo·geys also bo·gies
- An evil or mischievous spirit; a hobgoblin.
- A cause of annoyance or harassment.
- Sports a. A golf score of one stroke over par.b. Chiefly British The number of strokes that a good player is likely to need to finish a golf hole or course.
- Slang An unidentified flying aircraft.
- Slang A detective or police officer.
- Chiefly British Slang A piece of dried or semisolid nasal mucus; a booger.
transitive verbbo·geyed, bo·gey·ing, bo·geys
Origin of bogeyPossibly variant of bogle.
- (archaic) The Devil.
- An object of terror; a bugbear.
- One of two sets of wheels under a train car.
- (UK) A piece of solid or semisolid mucus in or removed from the nostril.
- (engineering) A representative specimen, taken from the centre a spread of production - a sample with bogey (typical) characteristics.
- (engineering) a standard of performance set up as a mark to be aimed at in competition.
- (military slang) An unidentified aircraft, especially as observed as a spot on a radar screen, and often suspected to be hostile. (Also sometimes used as a synonym for bandit - an enemy aircraft)
- (golf) A score of one over par in golf.
(third-person singular simple present bogeys, present participle bogeying, simple past and past participle bogeyed)
- (golf) To make a bogey.