1. intransitive. U.S. Originally (in African-American usage): to engage in drinking, revelry, etc.; to drink alcohol, esp. at a party (cf. boogie n.3 1). Later more generally (influenced by sense 3): to enjoy oneself, to have a good time; to ‘party’.
2. transitive. orig. U.S. With away. To dismiss or banish (troubles or cares) by dancing or by engaging in drinking, revelry, etc. Now usually: to pass or spend (a period of time) in this manner, esp. in to boogie the night away .
a. To dance, esp. to strongly rhythmical popular music, as swing, jazz, disco, rock, etc. Cf. boogie n.3 3.
b. With following adverb or adverbial phrase, as to boogie on down .
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