- intellectually overwhelming: a mind-boggling puzzle.
- emotionally or psychologically overwhelming; mind-blowing.
Origin of mind-boggling
First recorded in 1960–65
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Related Wordsstartling, breathtaking, spectacular, surprising, staggering, stunning, astonishing, amazing, wonderful, mind-blowing, stupendous, eye-opening
Examples from the Web for mind-boggling
Science allows for the unlikely, the extremely rare, the mind-boggling—but it does not allow for the impossible.It’s Impossible to Cure a Baby With HIV, No Matter How Seductive the Hope May Be
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The forests, with their mind-boggling biodiversity, are a staggering 10,000 times older than those of North America and Europe.Exploring the Amazon, While We Still Can
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The notion of “good bacteria” is now familiar, as is the mind-boggling variety of different bacteria we have in and on us.Buy That Breast Milk!
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Seaman's mind-boggling dereliction of responsibility harms the state whose interests he was, and is, tasked with protecting.Bullying Israeli Government Flack Sparks Diplomatic Row—Among Other Concerns
August 21, 2013
Could a mind-boggling vendetta be behind the ricin letters sent to Obama and Wicker?Paul Kevin Curtis and J. Everett Dutschke: Epic Feud and Ricin Letters
April 25, 2013
- informal astonishing; bewildering
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Word Origin and History for mind-boggling
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