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 par. bo·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.
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.
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.