- to overwhelm or bewilder, as with the magnitude, complexity, or abnormality of: The speed of light boggles the mind.
- to bungle; botch.
- 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
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Examples from the Web for boggled
A Surveillance State that would have boggled the mind of Orwell was born.Snowden Deserves the Medal of Freedom, Not Prosecution
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Jessica Colaluca, creator and creative of Design Seeds: “It boggled my mind.”Lena Dunham’s 'I'm thin for, like, Detroit’ Comment Gets Motowners Fired Up
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He boggled slightly as he came to the "adjective," but got over it safely.In the Midst of Alarms
Ludovic boggled horribly at this; but they accorded at last.Little Novels of Italy
Maurice Henry Hewlett
I am above concealing my sentiments, though I have boggled at uttering them.Mary Wollstonecraft
Elizabeth Robins Pennell
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
First of all you were going to marry the widow; you boggled that.Roger Ingleton, Minor
Talbot Baines Reed
- to be surprised, confused, or alarmed (esp in the phrase the mind boggles)
- to hesitate or be evasive when confronted with a problem
- (tr) to baffle; bewilder; puzzle
C16: probably variant of bogle 1
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Word Origin and History for boggled
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