[bog, bawg]


wet, spongy ground with soil composed mainly of decayed vegetable matter.
an area or stretch of such ground.

verb (used with or without object), bogged, bog·ging.

to sink in or as if in a bog (often followed by down): We were bogged down by overwork.

Verb Phrases

bog in, Australian Slang. to eat heartily and ravenously.

Origin of bog

1495–1505; < Irish or Scots Gaelic bogach soft ground (bog soft + -ach noun suffix); (def 4) perhaps a different word
Related formsbog·gish, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for bogged

Contemporary Examples of bogged

Historical Examples of bogged

  • Our cattle, from poverty, bogged in the river, or perished from hunger.

  • He was a cautious beast, and this may have arisen from his having been often bogged.

    Dick o' the Fens

    George Manville Fenn

  • Why, it is all firm about here, and nobody could be bogged unless he got into a hole.

    Dick o' the Fens

    George Manville Fenn

  • Hugo saw at once that it was a great cause and that it was bogged in the greed of individuals.


    Philip Wylie

  • Nor was this all, for his centre was bogged in the famous marshes of St. Gond.

British Dictionary definitions for bogged



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
Derived Formsboggy, adjectivebogginess, noun

Word Origin for bog

C13: from Gaelic bogach swamp, from bog soft
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Word Origin and History for bogged



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.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

bogged in Science



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.
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