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[kwag-ee, kwog-ee] /ˈkwæg i, ˈkwɒg i/
adjective, quaggier, quaggiest.
of the nature of or resembling a quagmire; marshy; boggy.
soft or flabby:
quaggy flesh.
Origin of quaggy
First recorded in 1600-10; quag + -y1
Related forms
quagginess, noun Unabridged
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  • Among other things, he noticed that a little trickle of water flowed across it, and that the soil was quaggy in the neighborhood.

  • We bore to the south down a descent, and came to some moory, quaggy ground intersected with water-courses.

    Wild Wales George Borrow
  • She pointed toward a spot where the ravine widened into a level strip of quaggy grass and moss which glowed a brilliant emerald.

    The Long Portage Harold Bindloss
  • This is a hospitable house,” said Jack; “but the ground must be quaggy underneath, for at every step the building quakes.

  • I cautiously approached its quaggy edges, when I was shocked by what appeared to be a sudden vision!

  • Weston, blinking about him, discovered in the quaggy mould two foot-prints half filled with water.

    The Gold Trail

    Harold Bindloss
  • She listened to the sermon as from a warm nest safely raised above the quaggy ground of personal feeling.

    Red Pottage Mary Cholmondeley
British Dictionary definitions for quaggy


/ˈkwæɡɪ; ˈkwɒɡɪ/
adjective -gier, -giest
resembling a marsh or quagmire; boggy
yielding, soft, or flabby
Derived Forms
quagginess, noun
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