bogan

EnglishEdit

Etymology 1Edit

Australian sense possibly after the Bogan River.

NounEdit

bogan (plural bogans)

  1. (Australia, slang, derogatory) A person perceived to be unsophisticated or of a lower class background.
    • 1999, Tim Winton, Lockie Leonard, Scumbuster, page 6,
      Bogans were Lockie's least favorite kind of people.
    • 2009, Catherine Deveny, Free to a Good Home, page 47,
      The Reservoir I grew up in was populated by menacing, toothless Torana-driving bogans, crushed menthol-smoking pensioners and toddlers who swore.
  2. (Australia, slang, obsolete) Something of poor quality.
  3. (New Zealand, slang, derogatory) An Anglo-Celtic member of a lower socioeconomic group, stereotypically classified as wearing black jumpers or black concert T-shirts.
  4. (New Zealand, slang, derogatory) A petrolhead.
  5. (Canada, North Western Ontario, slang, derogatory) An aboriginal person perceived as having gangster ties.
SynonymsEdit
  • (unsophisticated person): dag (Australia), chav (British), redneck (US)
  • (poor Anglo-Celtic person): bevan (Australia, Queensland), westy / westie (Australia (esp. Sydney), NZ (esp. Auckland)), booner (Australia, Canberra), white trash (US)
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VerbEdit

bogan (third-person singular simple present bogans, present participle boganning, simple past and past participle boganned)

  1. (rare) To act like a bogan.
    "If you're coming in to cause trouble, don't bother ... bogan it up at home." - Lord Mayor Robert Doyle [1]

Etymology 2Edit

Apparently a conflation of logan (from pokelogan) with bog.

NounEdit

bogan (plural bogans)

  1. (Canada) Any narrow water or creek, particularly a tranquil backwater.
    • 2001, Charles G. D. Roberts, Seán Virgo, Kindred of the Wild, page 130:
      All around the shores of the narrow bogan crowded the beasts, watching with wide, fascinated eyes the flight and fall of these disastrous missiles.

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NounEdit

bogan

  1. plural form of boga
Last modified on 11 January 2014, at 02:33