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pogue (plural pogues)

  1. (Ireland) A kiss.
    • c1670, Anonymous, “Purgatorium Hibernicum”, in Andrew Carpenter, editor, Verse in English from Tudor and Stuart Ireland[1], Cork University Press, published 2003, page 416:
      'Sure, sure' sayes Nees, 'she does but jeast, It's not de nature of de beast; Praise dee here, mee joly rogue, And gave de [me] one litle Poge For old acquaintance, for it's dee Dat is mee only gra-ma-cree.' 'Kiss mee? Poo! Fart upon dee, Nees!'
    • c1707, Henry Playford, Wit and Mirth: Or, Pills to Purge Melancholy: Being a Collection of the Best Merry Ballads and Songs, Old and New. Fitted to All Humours, Having Each Their Proper Tune for Either Voice, Or Instrument: Most of the Songs Being New Set.[2], volume 4, London: W. Pearson for J. Tonson, page 278:
      [] He ask'd for one Pogue, she call'd him a Rogue, And struck him with her Brogue, []
  2. (dated, slang) A purse; hence money
  3. (US) A young, male, passive homosexual
  4. (US) A soldier who is assigned administrative rather than combat duties


  • OED (online) 2008