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

  • adj. Counterfeit or fake; not genuine: bogus money; bogus tasks.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Counterfeit or fake; not genuine.
  • adj. Undesirable or harmful.
  • adj. Incorrect, useless, or broken.
  • adj. 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).
  • adj. Based on false or misleading information or unjustified assumptions.
  • n. A liquor made of rum and molasses.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Spurious; fictitious; sham; -- a cant term originally applied to counterfeit coin, and hence denoting anything counterfeit.
  • n. A liquor made of rum and molasses.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. An apparatus for coining counterfeit money.
  • Counterfeit; spurious; sham: originally applied in the United States to counterfeit money, but now to anything based on sham or false pretense: as, a bogus claim; a bogus government.
  • n. A liquor made of rum and molasses.

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

  • adj. fraudulent; having a misleading appearance


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

From obsolete bogus, a device for making counterfeit money.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

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.


  • It appears, however, that the term bogus is more straightforward.

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