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[bog-uh l] /ˈbɒg əl/
verb (used with object), boggled, boggling.
to overwhelm or bewilder, as with the magnitude, complexity, or abnormality of:
The speed of light boggles the mind.
to bungle; botch.
verb (used without object), boggled, boggling.
to hesitate or waver because of scruples, fear, etc.
to start or jump with fear, alarm, or surprise; shrink; shy.
to bungle awkwardly.
to be overwhelmed or bewildered.
an act of shying or taking alarm.
a scruple; demur; hesitation.
bungle; botch.
Origin of boggle1
First recorded in 1590-1600; perhaps from boggle2
Related forms
bogglingly, adverb Unabridged
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  • The duke of Normandy was a man who boggled at nothing, so301 long as it aided him in accomplishing his ends.

  • He boggled slightly as he came to the "adjective," but got over it safely.

  • Even the blush he had boggled at came to his cheeks punctually whenever his sheep's-eyes met Fanny's.

    Ghetto Comedies Israel Zangwill
  • Ludovic boggled horribly at this; but they accorded at last.

    Little Novels of Italy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • There was such a sense of awkwardness upon him that he boggled the simple story altogether.

    Despair's Last Journey David Christie Murray
  • I am above concealing my sentiments, though I have boggled at uttering them.

    Mary Wollstonecraft Elizabeth Robins Pennell
  • First of all you were going to marry the widow; you boggled that.

    Roger Ingleton, Minor Talbot Baines Reed
  • When she had gone on to explain, The Guesser's mind had boggled at her audacity—at first.

    But, I Don't Think Gordon Randall Garrett
British Dictionary definitions for boggled


verb (intransitive) often foll by at
to be surprised, confused, or alarmed (esp in the phrase the mind boggles)
to hesitate or be evasive when confronted with a problem
(transitive) to baffle; bewilder; puzzle
Word Origin
C16: probably variant of bogle1
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for boggled



1590s, "to start with fright" (as a startled horse does), from Middle English bugge "specter" (among other things, supposed to scare horses at night); see bug (n.); also cf. bogey (n.1). The meaning "to raise scruples, hesitate" is from 1630s. Related: Boggled; boggling.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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