bogan

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English[edit]

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Etymology 1[edit]

Origin unknown. First appears in 1980s. Possibly in reference to supposedly unsophisticated people from remote outback places such as the Bogan River or Bogan Gate (cf. dubbo from Dubbo).

Noun[edit]

bogan (plural bogans)

  1. (Australia, New Zealand, slang, derogatory stereotype) An unsophisticated person from a working 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. (New Zealand, slang, derogatory) An Anglo-Celtic member of a lower socioeconomic group, stereotypically classified as wearing black jumpers or black concert T-shirts.
  3. (New Zealand, slang, derogatory) A petrolhead.
Synonyms[edit]
  • (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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Verb[edit]

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

  1. (rare) To act like a bogan.
    • 2008, Lord Mayor Robert Doyle, (Please provide the book title or journal name)[1]:
      If you're coming in to cause trouble, don't bother [] bogan it up at home.

Etymology 2[edit]

Origin unknown. Perhaps a conflation of logan (from pokelogan) +‎ bog.

Noun[edit]

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.
  2. (Canada, North Western Ontario, slang, derogatory, offensive) An indigenous person.
    • 2013, Feathers of Hope: A First Nations Youth Action Plan[2], page 68:
      Negative Sterotypes: Indians, natives, bogans, nates[.]
    • 2015 December 8, Tanya Talaga, “One rape. A hate crime. Thunder Bay's simmering divides come to light”, in Toronto Star:
      Greg Quachegan, a teacher at Dennis Franklin Cromarty High School, was walking with his young daughters when someone yelled, “Bogans,” at them. He has no idea what it means, but it’s a slur aboriginal people hear often.
    • 2017 February 7, Lenard Monkman, “Indigenous people say racism-tainted drive-by violence all too common”, in CBC News:
      "There's young men, on the weekends, they will throw beer bottles at you and yell out 'bogan' or 'squaw' or 'whore,'" said Deanne Hupfield, who grew up in Thunder Bay.
    • 2017 June 1, “Evidence from First Nation student who survived Thunder Bay river attack resurfaces following eye-witness claim”, in National News[3]:
      Is that the same blue truck that is throwing rocks out the passenger window and screaming at natives calling them bogans walking on the street?

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Old English[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /ˈboɡɑn/, [ˈboɣɑn]

Noun[edit]

bogan

  1. plural of boga

Spanish[edit]

Verb[edit]

bogan

  1. Second-person plural (ustedes) present indicative form of bogar.
  2. Third-person plural (ellos, ellas, also used with ustedes?) present indicative form of bogar.