Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A bogeyman.
  • n. Slang Dried nasal mucus.
  • n. Slang An item that is unnamed or unnameable: "It's . . . like a pop-top . . . one of those sharp little boogers you pull off the beer cans” ( Hunter S. Thompson).
  • n. Slang A worthless, despicable person.
  • n. Slang A person; a fellow.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A piece of solid or semisolid mucus in or removed from the nostril.
  • n. A thing; especially a problematic or difficult thing.
  • n. bodyboarder

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an imaginary monster used to frighten children
  • n. dried nasal mucus

Etymologies

Origin unknown.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Alteration of the English dialectal words buggard, boggart (bug + ard). (Wiktionary)
From boogie board. (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • She asked in a tone that was roughly equal the one she'd likely use to ask, "So, were you EVER planning on wiping that booger from the middle of your forehead?"

    Regrets

  • If your response to "You have a booger" is "Oh, that’s nice, dear," then I’ll know miscommunication has occurred!

    Do It Myself Blog – Glenda Watson Hyatt » 2008 » September

  • I said when I went into the theater that I wouldn't be satisfied unless this booger was the worst thing I'd seen since Bloodrayne, and I was disappointed on that count.

    Off the Shelf

  • How many of you guys and gals will admit to having felt a "booger"?

    The Unexplained

  • In the south we call something ghostly or unexplainable a "booger".

    The Unexplained

  • All the judges thought Fabio's "booger" was too meatball-y and meatloaf-y, not burger-y enough.

    Top Chef All-Stars Ep. 9: Fondue and Fallon

  • I double-hate Fabio's dish because he keeps calling it a "booger" in his accent, which seems to be even more exaggerated than it was on his first season on the show, just sayin'.

    Top Chef All-Stars Ep. 9: Fondue and Fallon

  • So my primary example of substitution is using the word "booger" instead of "bugger".

    Substitution of Words

  • It might also work for folks who ordinarily dislike raisins-especially those who - if you will excuse me-go in for "booger" comparisons.

    Texas Grandbaby Cakes

  • (Actually, while "booger" has a widely-understood meaning, an informal survey of Southern political writers revealed complete puzzlement over "hanks," although one thought it might be a bastardization of "haints," or ghosts.)

    Capitol Letter: Uncivil Society

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  • wow so much talk for so much snot i meen i was a liitle woried wen i saw this

    August 28, 2009

  • ha ha haha!!

    wait... what page was that conversation on? Oh yeah--jeez.

    October 24, 2007

  • Does it wear spats?

    October 24, 2007

  • I grew up with bogie, too, but I prefer 'booger' now because it sounds like a tiny sentient creature.

    October 24, 2007

  • My mother is Irish and doesn't say booger, she says bogie; when I was small and picked up this word at school (as an insult) she thought I was calling my brother a bugger instead of a snot, and I got quite a hiding.

    October 24, 2007

  • In the plotline of WKRP in Cincinnati it was the word that got Dr. Johnny Fever fired from his previous gig.

    October 24, 2007

  • Interesting fact: Bill Watterson, creator of Calvin and Hobbes claimed to the be the first cartoonist to use this word in a cartoon strip.

    December 12, 2006

  • December 11, 2006