- to overwhelm or bewilder, as with the magnitude, complexity, or abnormality of: The speed of light boggles the mind.
- to bungle; botch.
- to hesitate or waver because of scruples, fear, etc.
- to start or jump with fear, alarm, or surprise; shrink; shy.
- to bungle awkwardly.
- to be overwhelmed or bewildered.
- an act of shying or taking alarm.
- a scruple; demur; hesitation.
- bungle; botch.
Origin of boggle1
First recorded in 1590–1600; perhaps from boggle2
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- to be surprised, confused, or alarmed (esp in the phrase the mind boggles)
- to hesitate or be evasive when confronted with a problem
- (tr) to baffle; bewilder; puzzle
C16: probably variant of bogle 1
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Word Origin and History for boggle
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