agog

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adjective

1
: full of intense interest or excitement : eager
"… That was the year the Twilight movie was going to come out, and the kids were agog with all things vampire. …"Shelley Dorrill
"… There goes Mrs. Tony now, all agog to spread such a delectable bit of gossip."Lucy Maud Montgomery
2
a
: wide open : agape
His talent [as a painter] is so enormous that you look at his surfaces with your mouth agog at the near-impossibility of it all.Murray Whyte
b
: full of wonder or surprise : astonished
Jones … fired a strike to a waiting receiver that left his coaches agog.MK Bower
3
a
: full of lively activity : bustling
In the evenings … the streets … were agog with life.Meridel Le Sueur
b
: abundantly filled : replete
His lyrics are agog with images that manage to be poetic and earthy at the same time …Daisann McLane

agog

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adverb

: in an excited or astonished manner
… he posed for photographs with rugby fans of all ages, before playing with the 39 youths who were staring agog at their idol.New Ross (Ireland) Echo

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English speakers have been clamoring over the word agog for over 450 years. The word probably derives from the Middle French phrase en gogues, but the semantic link between en gogues (meaning "in a state of mirth") and the earliest English uses of agog, which exist in the phrase "to set agog" ("to excite, stimulate, make eager"), are not entirely clear. The -gog part of the word might make one wonder if agog has a connection to the verb goggle, meaning "to stare with wide or protuberant eyes," as in the manner of one who is intensely excited about something. That word actually has a different origin: the Middle English gogelen, meaning "to squint." In many instances, agog is followed by a preposition, such as over or about.

Examples of agog in a Sentence

Adjective The news has chemists agog. Her supporters were agog at the idea. The town is agog over the plan.
Recent Examples on the Web
Adjective
In a recent gathering on the margins of the United Nations Commission on the Status of Women, Microsoft executives sat agog as women parliamentarians from Africa, Europe, and Latin America described the vicious threats that arrive in their inboxes several times every hour. Linda Robinson, Foreign Affairs, 3 July 2024 He was named the Most Valuable Player for the series, still the only time a losing player has been the finals’ M.V.P. Afterward the Celtics were agog with praise. Bruce Weber, New York Times, 12 June 2024 The resulting video captures his shock — his eyes widen and his hands grasp his chest, agog — and later ended up on the OnlyFans model’s Instagram account. Rebecca Jennings, Vox, 19 May 2024 Hangry and agog in front of my open refrigerator once again. Hannah Dylan Pasternak, SELF, 13 Mar. 2024 Its reappearance a couple of weeks ago was so unexpected that the fountain pen community, which makes up a small but passionate corner of the office supplies market, was agog. Scott Cacciola, New York Times, 1 Mar. 2024 Sports fans are agog at Shohei Ohtani signing a 10-year, $700 million contract with the Los Angeles Dodgers. Chuck Murr, Forbes, 11 Dec. 2023 And then there are items that leave restaurant staffers agog. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 9 Oct. 2023 Some have drawn blood and others have been bloodied (and some others left agog as Trump walked out unexpectedly). Brian Steinberg, Variety, 15 Sep. 2023
Adverb
The humble salad may just be leaving diners agog because they’re not used to paying so much for some dressed greens with a simple protein. Tori Latham, Robb Report, 17 Oct. 2023

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Word History

Etymology

Adjective

probably borrowed from Middle French en gogues "in good humor, mirthful," from en "in" + gogues, plural of gogue "good humor, joking, pleasantry, mockery," going back to a Gallo-Romance expressive base *gog-

Note: Though Middle French en gogues is phonetically a plausible source of agog, the semantic link is not entirely clear. English examples from the 16th and 17th centuries are all for set agog, "to excite, stimulate, make eager," though this is not at all the sense of en gogues, and there is no comparable French mettre en gogues in any sense.

First Known Use

Adjective

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1663, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of agog was in 1663

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“Agog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agog. Accessed 24 Jul. 2024.

Kids Definition

agog

adjective
: full of interest or excitement
kids all agog over new toys

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