bo·gey also bo·gy or bo·gie (bōgē)
n. pl. bo·geys also bo·gies
1. (also bgē, bgē) An evil or mischievous spirit; a hobgoblin.
2. (also bgē, bgē) A cause of annoyance or harassment.
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.
4. Slang An unidentified flying aircraft.
5. Slang A detective or police officer.
6. Chiefly British Slang A piece of dried or semisolid nasal mucus; a booger.
tr.v. bo·geyed, bo·gey·ing, bo·geys
To play (a hole in golf) scoring one stroke over par.
[Possibly variant of BOGLE.]
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