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Humphrey Bogart, with his signature cigarette in mouth.

From actor Humphrey Bogart, from Dutch surname Bogart (keeper of an orchard), from boomgaard (treegarden, orchard), cognate to English boom (piece of wood)/beam + garden.

Senses of selfishness and excess evolved from the original 1960s use meaning “keep a joint in the mouth instead of passing it on”, recalling the actor’s signature practice of keeping a cigarette dangling from his mouth even while speaking. Other senses of “bullying” or “tough guy” also originated in the 1960s and recall the actor’s various movie roles.

Another potential origin of the vernacular comes from Humphrey Bogart's role in the film The Treasure of the Sierra Madre (1948) in which his character, Dobbs, becomes increasingly selfish with the gold mine that he shares with his two partners.


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bogart (plural bogarts)

  1. (slang) An obnoxious, selfish and overbearing person; an attention hog.
    • 2004 March 22, Monkey, “Good morning from this peg person”, in, Usenet[1]:
      And it's not even going to share with you?? What a Bogart!!! LOL
    • 2003 April 27, feklar, “Speechless”, in alt.guitar.amps, Usenet[2]:
      What a bogart... Hey, share some of the wealth, buddy
    • 2003 September 23, Richard Lee, “Conclusion to Blair Witch”, in rec.arts.horror.movies, Usenet[3]:
      I just thought Mike was getting high in the corner, and Heather put her camera down to run over and demand that he not be such a Bogart.



bogart (third-person singular simple present bogarts, present participle bogarting, simple past and past participle bogarted)

  1. (slang) To selfishly take or keep something; to hog; especially to hold a joint (marijuana) dangling between the lips instead of passing it on.
    Dude, don’t bogart the chocolate fudge!
    Don’t bogart the can, man.
  2. (slang) To get something by bullying, intimidation; be a tough guy.
    He tried to bogart his way in.
    • 1990, Stephen Dobyns, The House on Alexandrine, Wayne State University Press →ISBN, page 152
      “He comes trying to bogart his way into my house and he smashes two of my wWindows, two great big windows.”
    • 2013, Sandra Kitt, Family Affairs, Open Road Media →ISBN
      David studied Kel for a moment and considered the question. His former running buddy was a big man who'd learned early how to use his size to intimidate people. To bogart his way past resistance to instant gratification, whether it was for advantage in a one-on-one at the hoops or with a woman in bed.
    • 2014, Travon Pugh, Have Heart Have Money, Queen C's Publishing →ISBN, page 33
      He sat patiently and rode it out, inching his way along, drinking a Red bull and listening to the news radio until he was able to bogart his way over to the lane on his right that was moving at a faster pace.


An early, prominent use of the term in reference to hogging a joint (marijuana cigarette) appeared in the lyrics of the song “Don’t Bogart Me” (also known as "Don't Bogart That Joint") by the American band Fraternity of Man. The song was released on LP in 1968, and subsequently used in the 1969 film Easy Rider. In 1978, Little Feat's widely celebrated live album Waiting For Columbus included a brief cover of the Fraternity of Man song. In the television series The Mentalist (Season 5, Episode 10), Patrick Jane, a consultant with the "CBI", informs a tobacco company that "someone bogarted your stash" of marijuana.


  • (selfishly keep): hog