quag

[kwag, kwog]

noun


Nearby words

  1. quads,
  2. quaere,
  3. quaestor,
  4. quaestorial,
  5. quaff,
  6. quagga,
  7. quaggy,
  8. quagmire,
  9. quahog,
  10. quai

Origin of quag

First recorded in 1580–90; expressive word, obscurely akin to quake

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British Dictionary definitions for quag

quag

noun

another word for quagmire

Word Origin for quag

C16: perhaps related to quake; compare Middle Low German quabbe

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Word Origin and History for quag

quag

n.

"marshy spot," 1580s, a variant of Middle English quabbe "a marsh, bog," from Old English *cwabba "shake, tremble" (like something soft and flabby).

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