[ bog-uhl ]
/ ˈbɒg əl /
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verb (used with object), bog·gled, bog·gling.
to overwhelm or bewilder, as with magnitude, complexity, or strangeness: The speed of light boggles the mind.
to bungle; botch.
verb (used without object), bog·gled, bog·gling.
an act of shying or taking alarm.
a mess; a bungle or botch.
Archaic. a scruple; demur; hesitation.
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Origin of boggle
First recorded in 1590–1600; perhaps from bogle
OTHER WORDS FROM bogglebog·gling·ly, adverb
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How to use boggle in a sentence
A Surveillance State that would have boggled the mind of Orwell was born.Snowden Deserves the Medal of Freedom, Not Prosecution|Jay Parini|June 8, 2014|DAILY BEAST
Jessica Colaluca, creator and creative of Design Seeds: “It boggled my mind.”Lena Dunham’s 'I'm thin for, like, Detroit’ Comment Gets Motowners Fired Up|Abby Haglage|January 18, 2013|DAILY BEAST
I am above concealing my sentiments, though I have boggled at uttering them.Mary Wollstonecraft|Elizabeth Robins Pennell
The inspector boggled at the word, and stood confounded by the other's density.Peccavi|E. W. Hornung
He boggled over some of the words, but on the whole he read well, and his harsh voice dropped into a pleasant sing-song.The Path of the King|John Buchan
He tried the cloak next, but boggled sadly at the fastening of that, and at last was fain to call in help.The Wide, Wide World|Susan Warner
This seemed to him an odd way to look at things, and he boggled over a phrase about an "epicene lily."Huntingtower|John Buchan
British Dictionary definitions for boggle
/ (ˈbɒɡəl) /
verb (intr often foll by at)
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
Word Origin for boggle
C16: probably variant of bogle 1
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