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.
- boggish, adjective
Other definitions for bog (2 of 2)
a lavatory; bathroom.
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How to use bog in a sentence
The trilogy follows Kate and Baba, two lasses from the Shannon bogs, from convent school to the bright lights of London.
Ashore the movie bogs down, but when Spielberg gets his camera out to sea all goes swimmingly.
Unlike the novel, it never bogs down in ideological sludge and moves swiftly and cleanly from scene to scene.
These bogs are of all depths from a few inches to thirty or forty feet, though the very shallow have generally been reclaimed.Glances at Europe | Horace Greeley
Over the bogs and through the marshes, the madness of despair within him, he heeded not the deep ditches and the bog-pools.The Underworld | James C. Welsh
Where was that fine project of leading Jansoulet across the bogs, of guarding him against ambushes?The Nabob | Alphonse Daudet
One instant more, and there were glimpses below us of the rotting pine copses and mossy bogs surrounding Petersburg.Dream Tales and Prose Poems | Ivan Turgenev
It was impossible, moreover, to leave it, and to strike a straight line across that impassable network of pools and bogs.Michael Strogoff | Jules Verne
British Dictionary definitions for bog
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
- boggy, adjective
- bogginess, noun
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Scientific definitions for bog
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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