[ kwag-mahyuhr, kwog- ]
/ ˈkwægˌmaɪər, ˈkwɒg- /


an area of miry or boggy ground whose surface yields under the tread; a bog.
a situation from which extrication is very difficult: a quagmire of financial indebtedness.
anything soft or flabby.

Origin of quagmire

First recorded in 1570–80; quag + mire

Related forms

quag·mir·y, adjective
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British Dictionary definitions for quagmire


/ (ˈkwæɡˌmaɪə, ˈkwɒɡ-) /


a soft wet area of land that gives way under the feet; bog
an awkward, complex, or embarrassing situation

Word Origin for quagmire

C16: from quag + mire
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