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bodgie Line breaks: bodgie
Pronunciation: /ˈbɒdʒi/
Australian /NZ informal

Definition of bodgie in English:

noun (plural bodgies)

A youth, especially of the 1950s, analogous to the British Teddy boy.
Example sentences
  • It had fed bodgies and sailors and long-haired louts imitating The Beatles, as well as those kissing couples who had met at the Be-Bops dance on Saturday night.


(also bodgy) Back to top  
Worthless or inferior; false: a bodgie second-hand car with bodgie number plates the handing out of bodgy licenses is a serious health and safety problem
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  • Support the capacity for the Government to fine companies who introduce bodgie patents.
  • We see the manipulation of bodgie science in order to maintain political conclusions.
  • So that is what makes the exhibit K a bodgie copy, a fake copy.


Probably from bodger, a term said to have arisen as a result of the post-war black market trade in cloth in Sydney: when inferior cloth was passed off as American-made, it was called bodgie, extended to denote any young man who adopted an American accent and manner.

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