agog

adjective \ ə-ˈgäg \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of agog

: 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

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.


AGOG Defined for Kids

agog

adjective \ ə-ˈgäg \

Definition of agog for Students

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


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