Definition of boogie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbuːɡi/

noun (plural boogies)

(also boogie-woogie) [mass noun]
1A style of blues played on the piano with a strong, fast beat: the strident boogie of the title track [count noun]: the pianist cruises through old-fashioned boogies
More example sentences
  • Then, some boogie-woogie piano comes in, and kids begin shouting, ‘Happy birthday to you!’
  • Some boogie-woogie piano, some Japanese pop, some Frank Sinatra.
  • I mean, Paul's about as close to an original as you can get without being one, but if I really want to hear some great boogie-woogie, I'll go to the source, thanks.
1.1 [count noun] informal A dance to pop or rock music.
Example sentences
  • It is a fantastic album and whenever we do a concert and she is playing we all have a boogie and try and copy her dance routines.
  • After a bit of a boogie to Grooverider with the dance nutters we left for home at about 3am.
  • Down by Mexico way is close by makes a nice combo if you fancy a salsa boogie upstairs.

verb (boogies, boogieing, boogied)

[no object] informal
1Dance to pop or rock music: Pat went off to boogie to a steel band
More example sentences
  • ‘I would like to show them how to boogie down,’ he shouts on the album's most cohesive song, ‘Paper Mills’.
  • As the night wore on, the disco took over with young and old taking to the dance floor to boogie the night away.
  • If you shimmied to ‘Shake,’ you'll want to boogie down to ‘Bounce’ and ‘Girl Next Door.’
1.1 [no object, with adverbial of direction] North American Move or leave somewhere fast: I think we’d better boogie on out of here
More example sentences
  • Obviously we'll do the show and then right after that I have to boogie out to get to Texas because we start running the following day in Texas.
  • When the effervescent teenage waiter boogied past us on his way another table, M stopped him with the question that was clearly eating him.


Early 20th century (originally US in the sense 'party'): of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with boogie

boogie-woogie, sastrugi

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Line breaks: boo¦gie

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