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Examples of agog in a Sentence
The news has chemists agog.
Her supporters were agog at the idea.
The town is agog over the plan.
Recent Examples of agog from the Web
Chances are the national events of recent weeks have left you somewhere on the spectrum from despairing to agog to pleased as punch, and at the very least weary of all that the past year’s political campaigning has drummed up and drawn out.
This happened because social media was agog with intimations that Spieth’s 67 was not going to stand up, that a post-round penalty was going to be added.
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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
First Known Use: 1664See Words from the same year
Synonymsagape, expectant, anticipant, anticipatory
Antonymsapathetic, indifferent, uneager, unenthusiastic
Related Wordsopen-eyed, openmouthed; alert, vigilant, watchful; anxious, athirst, breathless, eager, enthusiastic, raring; antsy, impatient, restive, restless
Near Antonymsapathetic, indifferent, unconcerned, unimpressed, uninterested, unmoved
AGOG Defined for Kids
Definition of agog for Students
- The children were all agog over their new toys.
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