What does bogus mean?

Definitions for bogus
ˈboʊ gəsbo·gus

Here are all the possible meanings and translations of the word bogus.

Princeton's WordNet

  1. bogus, fake, phony, phoney, bastard(adj)

    fraudulent; having a misleading appearance


  1. bogus(Adjective)

    Counterfeit or fake; not genuine.

    bogus crimes

  2. bogus(Adjective)

    Undesirable or harmful.

  3. bogus(Adjective)

    Incorrect, useless, or broken.

  4. bogus(Adjective)

    Of a totally fictitious issue printed for collectors, often issued on behalf of a non-existent territory or country (not to be confused with forgery, which is an illegitimate copy of a genuine stamp).

  5. bogus(Adjective)

    Based on false or misleading information or unjustified assumptions.

    bogus laws

  6. Origin: First attested from 1797, as underworld term for counterfeit coins. Meaning of the machine (known as a bogus press) was first attested 1828. Sense of phony paper money as well as a general adjective applied to anything, being less valuable than it first appeared was first attested 1848. Later, the word was applied to anything of poor quality. The current use to mean useless is probably from the slang of computer hackers.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bogus(adj)

    spurious; fictitious; sham; -- a cant term originally applied to counterfeit coin, and hence denoting anything counterfeit

  2. Bogus(noun)

    a liquor made of rum and molasses

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Bogus

    bō′gus, adj. counterfeit, spurious. [An American cant word, of very doubtful origin—it may possibly be ult. related to Bogy.]

The New Hacker's Dictionary

  1. bogus

    1. Non-functional. “Your patches are bogus.” 2. Useless. “OPCON is a bogus program.” 3. False. “Your arguments are bogus.” 4. Incorrect. “That algorithm is bogus.” 5. Unbelievable. “You claim to have solved the halting problem for Turing Machines? That's totally bogus.” 6. Silly. “Stop writing those bogus sagas.”Astrology is bogus. So is a bolt that is obviously about to break. So is someone who makes blatantly false claims to have solved a scientific problem. (This word seems to have some, but not all, of the connotations of random — mostly the negative ones.)It is claimed that bogus was originally used in the hackish sense at Princeton in the late 1960s. It was spread to CMU and Yale by Michael Shamos, a migratory Princeton alumnus. A glossary of bogus words was compiled at Yale when the word was first popularized there about 1975-76. These coinages spread into hackerdom from CMU and MIT. Most of them remained wordplay objects rather than actual vocabulary items or live metaphors. Examples: amboguous (having multiple bogus interpretations); bogotissimo (in a gloriously bogus manner); bogotophile (one who is pathologically fascinated by the bogus); paleobogology (the study of primeval bogosity).Some bogowords, however, obtained sufficient live currency to be listed elsewhere in this lexicon; see bogometer, bogon, bogotify, and quantum bogodynamics and the related but unlisted Dr. Fred Mbogo.By the early 1980s ‘bogus’ was also current in something like hacker usage sense in West Coast teen slang, and it had gone mainstream by 1985. A correspondent from Cambridge reports, by contrast, that these uses of bogus grate on British nerves; in Britain the word means, rather specifically, ‘counterfeit’, as in “a bogus 10-pound note”. According to Merriam-Webster, the word dates back to 1825 and originally referred to a counterfeiting machine.

Etymology and Origins

  1. Bogus

    In reporting a trial at law The Boston Courier in 1857 gave the following authoritative origin:--“The word Bogus is a corruption of the name of one Borghese, a very corrupt individual, who twenty years ago or more did a tremendous business in the way of supplying the great west, and portions of the south-west, with counterfeit bills and bills on fictitious banks. The western people fell into the habit of shortening the name of Borghese to that of Bogus, and his bills, as well as all others of like character, were universally styled by them ‘bogus currency.’” So that the word is really American.

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of bogus in Chaldean Numerology is: 3

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of bogus in Pythagorean Numerology is: 1

Examples of bogus in a Sentence

  1. Mark Dopp:

    Frankly a lot of consumer complaints are bogus.

  2. Julian Lewis:

    Instead of dodgy dossiers, we now have bogus battalions of moderate fighters.

  3. Eddie T. Johnson:

    Bogus police reports cause real harm, i am offended by what's happened, and I'm also angry.

  4. Ray Mabus:

    And every single time those reasons have been bogus, every time. Just like they're bogus today.

  5. Lanny Davis:

    This is a bogus notion -- what might be the case, compared to what is the case, nobody says it was illegal.

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  • مزور, زائف, كاذب, مزيفArabic
  • фиктивен, фалшив, лъжливBulgarian
  • falsch, unbrauchbar, gefälschtGerman
  • pajolero, trapicheado, jodido, averiado, adulterado, falso, falsificadoSpanish
  • teko-, väärennetty, vale-, tekaistu, vääräFinnish
  • gâté, falsifié, truqué, faux, fichu, bidouillé, maquillé, foutu, niqué, hors d'usage, trafiquéFrench
  • hamisHungarian
  • gadunganIndonesian
  • svikinn, óekta, falskurIcelandic
  • fritto, truccato, brutto, falsificatoItalian
  • מְזוּיָףHebrew
  • 偽の, 虚偽, いんちきのJapanese
  • vervalstDutch
  • adulterado, falso, falsificadoPortuguese
  • поддельный, ложный, фиктивный, фальшивыйRussian
  • sahte, yanlış, yapmacıkTurkish
  • 虛假Chinese

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