not genuine; counterfeit; spurious; sham.
Printing, Journalism. matter set, by union requirement, by a compositor and later discarded, duplicating the text of an advertisement for which a plate has been supplied or type set by another publisher.

1825–30, Americanism; originally an apparatus for coining false money; perhaps akin to bogy1

1. fraudulent, pseudo, fake, phony. Unabridged
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bogus (ˈbəʊɡəs)
spurious or counterfeit; not genuine: a bogus note
[C19: from bogus apparatus for making counterfeit money; perhaps related to bogey1]

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Word Origin & History

"counterfeit money," 1839, Amer.Eng., apparently from a slang word applied in Ohio in 1827 to a counterfeiter's apparatus. Some trace this to tantrabobus, a late 18c. colloquial Vermont word for any odd-looking object, which may be connected to tantarabobs, recorded as a Devonshire name for the devil.
Others trace it to the same source as bogey (1).
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