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boggle1

[bog-uh l]
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verb (used with object), bog·gled, bog·gling.
  1. to overwhelm or bewilder, as with the magnitude, complexity, or abnormality of: The speed of light boggles the mind.
  2. to bungle; botch.
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verb (used without object), bog·gled, bog·gling.
  1. to hesitate or waver because of scruples, fear, etc.
  2. to start or jump with fear, alarm, or surprise; shrink; shy.
  3. to bungle awkwardly.
  4. to be overwhelmed or bewildered.
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noun
  1. an act of shying or taking alarm.
  2. a scruple; demur; hesitation.
  3. bungle; botch.
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Origin of boggle1

First recorded in 1590–1600; perhaps from boggle2
Related formsbog·gling·ly, adverb

boggle2

[bog-uh l]
noun
  1. bogle.
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British Dictionary definitions for boggle

boggle

verb (intr often foll by at)
  1. to be surprised, confused, or alarmed (esp in the phrase the mind boggles)
  2. to hesitate or be evasive when confronted with a problem
  3. (tr) to baffle; bewilder; puzzle
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Word Origin

C16: probably variant of bogle 1
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Word Origin and History for boggle

v.

1590s, "to start with fright" (as a startled horse does), from Middle English bugge "specter" (among other things, supposed to scare horses at night); see bug (n.); also cf. bogey (n.1). The meaning "to raise scruples, hesitate" is from 1630s. Related: Boggled; boggling.

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