Main meanings of bogan in English

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bogan1

Pronunciation /?b??ɡ(?)n/

noun

informal, derogatory Australian, New Zealand
  • An uncouth or unsophisticated person regarded as being of low social status.

    • ‘some bogans yelled at us from their cars’
    • ‘my family are culinary bogans’
    • ‘At Balclutha I stopped to photograph the river, watched by a bogan with a pick-up truck.’
    • ‘These guys aren't your clichéd leather-clad bogans.’
    • ‘Maybe I've been just as blinkered as the bogans out on the northern suburbs whose radio dial has been frozen solid on the classic rock station since 1983.’
    • ‘It's interesting when the bogans actually notice what the consequences of hardline ‘law and order’ policies actually are.’
    • ‘It's time to bring higher education to the bogans, and to let them in turn transform the academy.’
    • ‘The Esplanade has become a meeting place for boy racers, bogans, and others out for a good time, upsetting the peace and quiet residents once enjoyed.’
    • ‘Once again, he is channelling his inner bogan and blaming the media for his troubles’
    • ‘There are few things as exquisite as seeing a bogan experiencing the worst, most humiliating moment of his life.’
    • ‘Some people don't know how to behave - and that's not just the bogans vomiting in the garden.’
    • ‘Seriously, you gotta love the bogans who plan to celebrate their lottery win with a meal of champagne and pizza.’
    • ‘I'm proud to say that I'm now living in the western suburbs of Sydney, and I'm surrounded by bogans.’
    • ‘The manager had come back into the theatre with the bald bloke from the front row and told the five of us - Charlie, me and the three bogans - not so politely, to leave.’
    • ‘Early Friday afternoon, like two frozen bogans, we walked to the end of the street and jumped on the tram for a ride down to Melbourne University.’
    • ‘I hated the stupid 57 tram, filled with bogans and taking ages to get into the city.’
    • ‘The male clientele was nothing to write home about - big bad bogans in big bad bogan metro wear, target shirts, metro tees, and lots of acid wash and hair gel.’
    • ‘I ferried up to the last point on the river, got out for a walk around to give the bogans a chance to shout incomprehensibly to me, and went back to where I started.’
    • ‘It drives me crazy that right-on activists who would go nuts if they heard people use race or gender based slurs can happily joke about bogans.’
    • ‘As the day wore on and the booze went down, people's inner bogans were unleashed.’
    • ‘She was some bogan girl from a dairy farm who taught modelling.’
    • ‘The party was good, save for his bogan high school friends.’
    lout, boor, barbarian, Neanderthal, churl, clown, gawk, hulk, bumpkin, yokel

Origin

1980s perhaps from the surname Bogan.

Main meanings of bogan in English

: bogan1bogan2

bogan2

Pronunciation /?b??ɡ(?)n/

noun

Canadian
  • A side stream.

Origin

Algonquian.