‘Bogus’ doesn’t mean ‘big’

Bogus is one of those English words that do not mean what they sound like.

Bogus, an adjective,  doesn’t mean ‘massive’ or ‘big’; it simply means ‘not genuine or true’, ‘counterfeit’, ‘illegal’, etc.

On the whole, it describes something that is made to look like what it’s not.


  1. He brought some bogus documents to the meeting and couldn’t defend himself.
  2. We didn’t pay her because the estimate was bogus.
  3. The scammers used a bogus website to get victims’ information.
  4. The theory was bogus.

Other synonyms for bogus include fake, forged, artificial, deceptive, misleading, feigned and pseudo.

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