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Slang: Disparaging and Offensive. a contemptuous term used to refer to a black person.
a lively form of rock ‘n’ roll, based on the blues.
to dance energetically, especially to rock music.
Slang. (often followed by on down) to go.
Contemporary Examples

I Am an Accidental Pornographer Colette Burson September 29, 2011
The Art World’s Devil Wears Prada James Reginato May 12, 2010
Viral Video of the Day: The ‘Inherent Vice’ Trailer Is Loopy Fun Alex Chancey September 29, 2014
Heather Graham on ‘The Hangover Part III,’ Roles for Women, and More Marlow Stern May 23, 2013
Philip Seymour Hoffman’s Best Performances: ‘Boogie Nights,’ ‘Capote,’ and More Marlow Stern February 1, 2014
When exactly did John McCain become Mad Max? Tucker Carlson October 4, 2008
The Scandal of the Players Ball Malika Saada Saar December 9, 2010

Historical Examples

Makers Cory Doctorow

verb (intransitive) -gies, -gieing, -gied
to dance to pop music
to make love
a session of dancing to pop music

(also boogiewoogie) Syphilis, esp advanced syphilis (1900s+ Black)
A black person (1920s+)
boogie-woogie (1940s+)
The vulva; cunt (1960s+)
An enemy aircraft, esp a fighter plane; bogey (WWII Army Air Forces)
A piece of solid mucus from the nose; booger

To move, shake, and wriggle the body in time to rock-and-roll music; do a sort of boogaloo: Amanda boogies and bangs a tambourine while her 39 sisters sit on steps and force shattered smiles (1940s+)
To move; go; leave; light out: Let’s boogie, Mama—Right behind you, Big Daddy/ F16D, a jet that can really boogie/ He was here on June 16, then boogied before we got on the record (1970s+)
To carry on jocularly; play; tease; fool around: back from a long weekend and ready to boogie (1930s+)
To do the sex act: a lot of heavy boogieing going on at Iowa State (1960s+)
To do anal intercourse; bugger: Would Ronnie be averse to being boogied by Kiss during his acceptance speech (1970s+)


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