agog

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adjective \ə-ˈgäg\

Definition of agog

  1. :  full of intense interest or excitement :  eager kids all agog over new toys

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Examples of agog in a Sentence

  1. The news has chemists agog.

  2. Her supporters were agog at the idea.

  3. The town is agog over the plan.

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Did You Know?

English speakers have been clamoring over the word agog for over 450 years; it derives from the Middle French phrase en gogues, meaning "in a state of mirth." 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."

Origin and Etymology of agog

Middle French en gogues in mirth


AGOG Defined for Kids

agog

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adjective \ə-ˈgäg\

Definition of agog for Students

  1. :  full of excitement The children were all agog over their new toys.



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