Definition of bogie in English:

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Pronunciation: /ˈbəʊɡi/

noun (plural bogies)

1chiefly British An undercarriage with four or six wheels pivoted beneath the end of a railway vehicle.
Example sentences
  • Another was an amusing story about a group of French airmen who would ‘borrow’ a railway bogie to get back to Elvington from Layerthorpe after a night's drinking, sent in by a reader from Foxwood.
  • A bogie is a British railway term for a wheeled truck or frame under a long carriage or engine that can swivel to help the vehicle around curves.
  • Designed to work in commercial thinning and selective cuts like the smaller 4F, it boasts larger wheels and bogies as well as greater tractive effort, all handy for the steeper, broken terrain being logged.
1.1Indian A railway carriage: almost all long-distance trains have seventeen to twenty bogies
More example sentences
  • ‘It's not clear whether the anniversary offer will be trains or bogies.
  • The steam engine with six bogies arrived from Shornur, through a metre-gauge track.
  • While they chose standard gauge for it small turning radius and medium size bogies with a high carrying capacity, railways feel there is no need to introduce another gauge in the country.
1.2chiefly Northern English A low truck on four small wheels; a trolley.
Example sentences
  • Like its cousin, it rides on four tandem double bogies.


Early 19th century (originally in northern English dialect use): of unknown origin.

Words that rhyme with bogie

bogey, dogie, fogey, hoagie, stogy, yogi

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