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bougie

See also: Bougie

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Etymology 1Edit

Borrowing from French bougie (wax candle), after the Algerian city Bougie, and the tapered, hand-dipped candles it made.

NounEdit

bougie (plural bougies)

  1. (medicine) A tapered cylindrical instrument for introducing an object into a tubular anatomical structure, or to dilate such a structure, as with an esophageal bougie.
  2. a wax candle

Etymology 2Edit

From bourgeoisie; compare bourgie.

AdjectiveEdit

bougie (comparative more bougie, superlative most bougie)

  1. (chiefly African American Vernacular, slang, usually pejorative) Acting as if one is of a higher social status than one is; suspicions regarding true roots and background are implied.
    2007, Satire pervades the series of fictional magazine covers , L. Kent Wolgamott, The Lincoln Journal Star, October 12, 2007, [1]:
    Called “bougie” when she was growing up, even though she’d never considered herself close to that, Ewing has turned the word around, using it as the title of a fictitious magazine she has dreamed up.
    2007, "Glamorous" by Fergie:
    I'll be on the movie screens
    Magazines and bougie scenes
    I'm not clean, I'm not pristine
    I'm no queen, I'm no machine
    2010, RuPaul's Drag Race, Season 2, Episode 1, Gone With the Window, airdate February 1, 2010:
    Shangela is kind of bougie, but she's also your homegirl.
    2010, "Sleazy" by Ke$ha:
    I don't need you or your brand new Benz
    Or your bougie friends
    I don't need love lookin' like diamonds
    Lookin' like diamonds
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FrenchEdit

EtymologyEdit

From Bougie, the French name for the Algerian town of Béjaïa (Arabic بجاية), formerly known for exporting candles.

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NounEdit

bougie f (plural bougies)

  1. candle
  2. spark plug

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