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bo·gey1 / ˈbōgē/ Golf • n. (pl. -geys) a score of one stroke over par at a hole.• v. (-geys, -geyed) [tr.] play (a hole) in one stroke over·gey2 / ˈboŏgē/ (also bo·gy) • n. (pl. -geys) a person or thing that causes fear or alarm: the bogey of recession. ∎  an evil or mischievous spirit. ∎  military slang an enemy aircraft.


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An evil spirit. The term may derive from the Slavonic bog (god). Other forms of the name of this ancient sprite, specter, or goblin are bug-a-boo, boo (Yorkshire), boggart, bogle (Scot-land), boggle, bo-guest, bar-guest, boll, bo-man, and bock. Bullbeggar is probably a form of bu and bogey allied to boll (Northern England), an apparition.

(See also Boh )


Briggs, Katherine. An Encyclopedia of Fairies: Hobgoblins, Brownies, Bogies, and Other Supernatural Creatures. New York: Pantheon Books, 1976.


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bogey an evil or mischievous spirit. Recorded from the mid 19th century, as a proper name for the Devil, the word is probably related to bogle.

In golf, bogey denotes a score of one stroke over par at a hole, and may come from Bogey (the Devil) regarded as an imaginary player.


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Bogey ( golf ) the number of strokes a good player should need for each hole. XIX. Said to be from an imaginary partner ‘Bogey’ (same as prec.).