Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To dance to rock music.
  • intransitive v. To get going; leave: We're late; let's boogie.
  • intransitive v. To move quickly: boogied down the road in their car.
  • n. Strongly rhythmic rock music.
  • n. Boogie-woogie.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A piece of solid or semi-solid mucus in or removed from the nostril cavity; booger.
  • n. Dancing usually prominently exhibiting movements of the buttocks.
  • n. A large, organised skydiving event.
  • v. To dance a boogie.
  • v. To move, walk, leave, exit.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. an instrumental version of the blues (especially for piano).
  • n. a black person; -- offensive and disparaging.
  • intransitive v. to do a lively dance, often with the two partners not touching, to the accompaniment of rock music.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • v. dance to boogie music
  • n. an instrumental version of the blues (especially for piano)

Etymologies

From boogie-woogie.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

Examples

  • (Soundbite of music) ROBERTS: The Rolling Stone Encyclopedia Of Rock & Roll states that the term boogie derives from the jazz-based boogie-woogie, a piano style that featured a hot rhythm based on eight to the bar figures played with the left hand.

    Boogie-Woogie Flu Sufferers, Unite

  • The title boogie "Rock a While" propels one onto the dance floor from the first notes - Alan Hagar burns it up on guitar on this one.

    CounterPunch

  • (Soundbite of music) MILES: In the '60s and' 70s, Toussaint made a series of good but uneven albums that included a lot of what he calls boogie-ing and woogie-ing.

    New Albums By Booker T. And Allen Toussaint

  • (Soundbite of music) Mr. MYERS: The slang boogie-woogie most likely evolved from booger rooger (ph), a phrase first coined by Texas blues Blind Lemon Jefferson.

    Boogie-Woogie Flu Sufferers, Unite

  • The word boogie has been consistently used for so many other meanings during my lifetime that the racial slur aspect of the word is basically archaic.

    "That's what happens when you interrupt the white man!"

  • Research has been created a tool called boogie which is intended as a layer on which to build program verifiers for other languages.

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  • It followed up with an album of what can only be characterized as boogie rock and disbanded in 1998.

    Baltimore City Paper

  • "Oog" is also the middle section of "boogie" - a fact that Driessen noticed only in retrospect, but does enjoy.

    Aspen Times - Top Stories

  • Maybe it's because of my age I'm 38 but it never occurred to me that the word "boogie" had any racial connotation at all, much less that it was an epithet.

    "That's what happens when you interrupt the white man!"

  • The 'No One Knows' band's guitarist, Troy Van Leeuwen, is presently in the studio with the group and says the new sound the band have come up with will make fans want to "boogie".

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