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/ əˈgɒg /
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highly excited by eagerness, curiosity, anticipation, etc.
in a state of eager desire; excitedly.
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Origin of agog

First recorded in 1535–45; variant of on gog (in phrase set on gog “rouse, stir up”), from Middle French en gogues; see à gogo

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variant of -agogue.
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What does -agog mean?

The combining form -agog is used like a suffix meaning “leader” or “bringer.” In medical terms, it is used to name substances that cause the flow or the release of a substance. It is occasionally used in scientific and technical terms.

The form -agog comes from Greek -agōgos, meaning “leading.” The Latin cognate of this form is agēns, “doing” or “driving,” which is the source of words such as agent and agency. To learn more, check out our entries for both words.

The form -agog is a less-common variant of -agogue. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use article for -agogue.

Examples of -agog

An example of a word you may have encountered that features -agog is demagog, commonly spelled demagogue, “a person, especially a political leader, who gains power and popularity by arousing the emotions, passions, and prejudices of the people.” Demagog comes from Greek dēmagōgós, which uses the equivalent form of -agog.

The dem- part of the word means “people,” from Greek dêmos, while -agog means “leader.” Demagog literally translates to “leader (of the) people.”

What are some words that use the equivalent of the combining form -agog in Greek?

What are some other forms that -agog may be commonly confused with?

Not every word that ends with the exact letters -agog or -agogue, such as synagogue, is necessarily using the combining form to denote “leader.” Learn why synagogue means “temple” at our entry for the word.

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The combining form hydr- means “water.” With this in mind, what does the medical term hydragogue mean?

How to use agog in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for agog

/ (əˈɡɒɡ) /

(postpositive) highly impatient, eager, or curious

Word Origin for agog

C15: perhaps from Old French en gogues in merriments, origin unknown
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