Meaning of “bogey” in the English Dictionary

"bogey" in British English

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bogeynoun

uk /ˈbəʊ.ɡi/ us /ˈboʊ.ɡi/

bogey noun (FEAR)

[ C usually singular ] also bogie, bogy something that causes fear among a lot of people, often without reason:

the bogey of unemployment

bogey noun (NOSE)

[ C ] UK informal US booger a piece of dried mucus from inside the nose

bogeyverb [ T ]

uk /ˈbəʊ.ɡi/ us /ˈboʊ.ɡi/

(Definition of “bogey” from the Cambridge Advanced Learner’s Dictionary & Thesaurus © Cambridge University Press)

"bogey" in American English

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bogeynoun [ C ]

us /ˈbʊɡ·i, ˈboʊ·ɡi, ˈbu·ɡi/ also boogeyman, /ˈbʊɡ·iˌmæn, ˈbu·ɡi-/

something feared, esp. when the fear is not based on reason:

Too many economists are scared by the bogey of inflation, he says.

(Definition of “bogey” from the Cambridge Academic Content Dictionary © Cambridge University Press)

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