BrE BrE//ˌbuːɡi ˈwuːɡi//; NAmE NAmE//ˌbʊɡi ˈwʊɡi//) [uncountable] a type of blues music played on the piano, with a fast strong rhythm Culture Boogie was especially popular in the 1930s. Musicians who helped to make it popular included 'Cow Cow' Davenport and 'Pine Top' Smith, who recorded Pine Top's Boogie-Woogie in 1928. The 'boogie-woogie' was also an early name for the jitterbug dance. See related entries: Styles of music Word Origin early 20th cent. (originally US in the sense ‘party’): of unknown origin.