- wet, spongy ground with soil composed mainly of decayed vegetable matter.
- an area or stretch of such ground.
- to sink in or as if in a bog (often followed by down): We were bogged down by overwork.
- bog in, Australian Slang. to eat heartily and ravenously.
Origin of bog1
- a lavatory; bathroom.
Origin of bog2
Related Words for bogmarshland, wetlands, lowland, moss, fen, mire, quagmire, marsh, slough, quag, morass, peat, sump
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Contemporary Examples of bog
The aerial shots were so sharp they could see every bog hole.The Ballad of Johnny France
Richard Ben Cramer
January 12, 2014
The Consumer Financial Protection Agency can bog down any other agency by encumbering agency rules or policies.The Ugly Truth About Financial-Regulatory Reform
July 14, 2010
Intermittent, torrential rain showers turned the rutted, cratered road into a bog of red mud.Congo's Feminist Fight
Linda Bird Francke
July 7, 2010
Historical Examples of bog
Then after the bog and the potatoes, came funerals and holidays innumerable.Tales And Novels, Volume 4 (of 10)
I did not hear a word from her about the bog of Ballynascraw.Tales And Novels, Volume 8 (of 10)
There was no light in the cabin, which was a solitary one, standing on the edge of a bog.The Macdermots of Ballycloran
This is the Bog of Allen you're travelling now, and they tell there's not the like of it in the three kingdoms.'
It's what the newspapers will call a great day for the Bog of Allen.
- wet spongy ground consisting of decomposing vegetation, which ultimately forms peat
- an area of such ground
- a place or thing that prevents or slows progress or improvement
- a slang word for lavatory (def. 1)
- Australian slang the act or an instance of defecating
Word Origin for bog
c.1500, from Gaelic and Irish bogach "bog," from adjective bog "soft, moist," from PIE *bhugh-, from root *bheugh- "to bend" (see bow (v.)). Bog-trotter applied to the wild Irish from 1670s.
"to sink (something or someone) in a bog," c.1600, from bog (n.). Intransitive use from c.1800. Related: Bogged; bogging.
- An area of wet, spongy ground consisting mainly of decayed or decaying peat moss (sphagnum) and other vegetation. Bogs form as the dead vegetation sinks to the bottom of a lake or pond, where it decays slowly to form peat. Peat bogs are important to global ecology, since the undecayed peat moss stores large amounts of carbon that would otherwise be released back into the atmosphere. Global warming may accelerate decay in peat bogs and release more carbon dioxide, which in turn may cause further warming.