[kwag, kwog]
See more synonyms for quag on Thesaurus.com

Origin of quag

First recorded in 1580–90; expressive word, obscurely akin to quake
Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

Examples from the Web for quag

Historical Examples of quag

British Dictionary definitions for quag


  1. another word for quagmire

Word Origin for quag

C16: perhaps related to quake; compare Middle Low German quabbe
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for quag

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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper