Main meanings of pogue in English

: pogue1pogue2pogue3

pogue1

(also póg, poghue)

Pronunciation /pəʊɡ/

noun

Irish
  • A kiss.

Origin

Late 17th century; earliest use found in Purgatorium Hibernicum. From Irish póg kiss (Early Irish póc) from the British base of Old Cornish poc- (in the compounds impoc and poccuil), Middle Breton pocq kiss (Breton pok) from post-classical Latin pac-, pax kiss of peace, specifically use of classical Latin pāx peace.

Main meanings of pogue in English

: pogue1pogue2pogue3

pogue2

(also poge)

Pronunciation /pəʊɡ/

noun

slang, rare
  • A bag, purse, or wallet. Hence, by metonymy: money, takings.

Origin

Early 19th century; earliest use found in James Vaux (1782–c1841). Origin uncertain. Perhaps a variant of poke. A connection with pough seems less likely.

Main meanings of pogue in English

: pogue1pogue2pogue3

pogue3

(also poag, poge, pogh)

Pronunciation /pəʊɡ/

noun

military slang, derogatory US
  • 1A (young) homosexual man, especially one who is the passive partner in a sexual relationship.

  • 2A non-combatant soldier, especially one who is assigned administrative and supply duties.

Origin

Early 20th century; earliest use found in United States Navy Court of Inquiry. Origin unknown.

Pronunciation

pogue

/pəʊɡ/