not genuine; counterfeit; spurious; sham.
Printing, Journalism. matter set, by union requirement, by a compositor and later discarded, duplicating the text of an advertisement for which a plate has been supplied or type set by another publisher.
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spurious or counterfeit; not genuine: a bogus note
One bogus or machine impressing dies on the coin, with a number of dies, engraving tools, bank bill paper, spurious coin, &c. &c. making in all a large wagon load, was taken into possession by the attorney general of Lower Canada. [Niles’ Register, Sept. 7, 1833, quoting from Concord, New Hampshire, “Statesman,” Aug. 24]
Some trace this to tantrabobus, also tantrabogus, a late 18c. colloquial Vermont word for any odd-looking object, in later 19c. use “the devil,” which might be connected to tantarabobs, recorded as a Devonshire name for the devil. Others trace it to the same source as bogey (n.1).
False; fake; counterfeit; phony (1830s+)
Ignorant; not up-to-date; unattractive; lame, square: ”Bogus” is a different shading of ”lame” (1980s+ Teenagers)
Not to be trusted; useless, false, wrong, silly, incredible, etc (1980s+ Computers)
a hobgoblin; evil spirit. anything that haunts, frightens, annoys, or harasses. something that functions as a real or imagined barrier that must be overcome, bettered, etc.: Fear is the major bogy of novice mountain climbers. A speed of 40 knots is a bogy for motorboats. Military, bogey1 (def 3). bogie1 . Historical Examples The Secret […]
bogeyman. an imaginary evil character of supernatural powers, especially a mythical hobgoblin supposed to carry off naughty children. noun (pl) -men a person, real or imaginary, used as a threat, esp to children n.
interjection a variant spelling of bo Historical Examples Character Sketches of Romance, Fiction and the Drama, Vol 1 The Rev. E. Cobham Brewer, LL.D. Soldiers Three, Part II. Rudyard Kipling The Lancashire Witches William Harrison Ainsworth Chatterbox, 1905. Various Shan Folk Lore Stories from the Hill and Water Country William C. Griggs Lancashire Sketches Edwin […]
noun a large inlet of the Yellow Sea on the coast of NE China Also called Gulf of Chihli