quag

[kwag, kwog]
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Origin of quag

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

noun
  1. 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
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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