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[uh-gog] /əˈgɒg/
highly excited by eagerness, curiosity, anticipation, etc.
in a state of eager desire; excitedly.
Origin of agog
1535-45; variant of on gog (in phrase set on gog rouse, stir up) < Middle French en gogues; see à gogo
1. awestruck, enthralled.


variant of -agogue. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for agog
Historical Examples
  • "Nobody but you and me," Burke declared, all agog with anticipation of victory at last.

    Within the Law Marvin Dana
  • They tell me that my Shakespearian ideas will set New York agog.

    A Singer from the Sea Amelia Edith Huddleston Barr
  • He was agog with joy and eagerness to tell her the good news.

    Hidden Hand

    Emma Dorothy Eliza Nevitte Southworth
  • The Newburys were agog with excitement over the Governor's picnic.

  • For the next week the Osbornes were agog with excitement and interest.

  • Latrobe is all agog with excitement over the great disaster.

    The Johnstown Horror James Herbert Walker
  • The Indian children are very quiet, but they are agog with interest.

    The Watchers of the Plains

    Ridgewell Cullum
  • Ere long the city was agog with speculation respecting the coming ball.

    The Loyalist James Francis Barrett
  • Stingaree had crossed the Murray, and all Victoria was agog with the news.


    E. W. (Ernest William) Hornung
  • Because the fellow's so agog that he doesn't know what he says!

    The Outcry Henry James
British Dictionary definitions for agog


(postpositive) highly impatient, eager, or curious
Word Origin
C15: perhaps from Old French en gogues in merriments, origin unknown
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Contemporary definitions for agog

full of excitement or interest; eager, keen

Word Origin

Old French en gogues 'in mirth'

Usage Note

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Word Origin and History for agog
adj., adv.

"in a state of desire; in a state of imagination; heated with the notion of some enjoyment; longing" [Johnson], c.1400, perhaps from Old French en gogues "in jest, good humor, joyfulness," from gogue "fun," of unknown origin.

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