- The definition of bogus is fake or untrue.
A statement that is not true is an example of something that would be described as bogus.
Origin of bogusorigin, originally (slang), counterfeiter's apparatus: ; from uncertain or unknown; perhaps
- Counterfeit or fake; not genuine: bogus money; bogus tasks.
- Slang Not conforming with what one would hope to be the case; disappointing or unfair: It's bogus that you got to go to the party, and I had to stay home.
Origin of bogusFrom obsolete bogus, a device for making counterfeit money.
(comparative more bogus, superlative most bogus)
- Counterfeit or fake; not genuine.
- bogus crimes
- Undesirable or harmful.
- Incorrect, useless, or broken.
- (philately) Of a totally fictitious issue printed for collectors, often issued on behalf of a non-existent territory or country (not to be confused with forgery, which is an illegitimate copy of a genuine stamp).
- Based on false or misleading information or unjustified assumptions.
- bogus laws
First attested from 1797, as underworld term for counterfeit coins. Meaning of the machine (known as a bogus press) was first attested 1828. Sense of phony paper money as well as a general adjective applied to anything, being less valuable than it first appeared was first attested 1848. Later, the word was applied to anything of poor quality. The current use to mean useless is probably from the slang of computer hackers.
The origin is unknown, but there are at least two theories that try to trace its origin:
- From Hausa boko, to fake. Since bogus first appeared in the USA, this may be possible that its ancestor was brought there on a slave ship.
- From criminal slang as a short form of tantrabogus, a 19th century slang term for a menacing object, making some believe that bogus might be linked to bogy or bogey (see bogeyman). In this sense, Bogus might be related to Bogle - a traditional trickster from the Scottish Borders, noted for achieving acts of household trickery; confusing, but not usually damaging.