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bog

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noun \ˈbäg, ˈbȯg\

Definition of bog

  1. :  wet spongy ground; especially :  a poorly drained usually acid area rich in accumulated plant material, frequently surrounding a body of open water, and having a characteristic flora (as of sedges, heaths, and sphagnum)

bog·gy play \ˈbä-gē, ˈbȯ-\ adjective


Origin of bog

Middle English (Scots), from Scottish Gaelic & Irish bog- (as in bogluachair bulrushes), from bog marshy, literally, soft, from Middle Irish bocc; probably akin to Old English būgan to bend — more at bow


First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with bog


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bog

verb

Definition of bog

boggedbog·ging

  1. transitive verb
  2. :  to cause to sink into or as if into a bog :  impede, mire —usually used with down

  3. intransitive verb
  4. :  to become impeded or stuck —usually used with down



1599

First Known Use of bog

1599


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bog

noun

Definition of bog

British

  1. :  lavatory 2



Origin of bog

short for boghouse, from British argot bog to defecate


First Known Use: circa 1789




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