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quag

[kwag, kwog]
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noun
  1. a quagmire.
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Origin of quag

First recorded in 1580–90; expressive word, obscurely akin to quake
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Examples from the Web for quag

Historical Examples

  • Bene, satis, male,— Where was I with my trope 'bout one in a quag?

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    Various

  • I suppose he must have wrung his off hind leg in fighting through the quag.

    The Splendid Spur

    Arthur T. Quiller Couch

  • Quaw or quagh; a quag or quagmire:—'I was unwilling to attempt the quagh.'

  • But the light is at the inn, and there is no quag in front of that.

  • Once the quag was so deep, that to avoid sinking in it we had to be carried, one by one, on the back of our Malay driver.


British Dictionary definitions for quag

quag

noun
  1. another word for quagmire
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Word Origin

C16: perhaps related to quake; compare Middle Low German quabbe
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Word Origin and History for quag

n.

"marshy spot," 1580s, a variant of Middle English quabbe "a marsh, bog," from Old English *cwabba "shake, tremble" (like something soft and flabby).

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