… 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.
The news has chemists agog.
Her supporters were agog at the idea.
The town is agog over the plan.
Recent Examples on the Web
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 Now that Gucci is between creative captains once again, the audience will be similarly agog to discover the author of its next chapter.—Luke Leitch, Vogue, 16 Dec. 2022 People were agog with this.—Lance Eliot, Forbes, 29 Dec. 2022 Our region is agog.—BostonGlobe.com, 2 Oct. 2021 The physics community was agog.—Jonathon Keats, Discover Magazine, 3 Jan. 2019 Today, no one walks into their dentist's office and looks agog at the X-ray machine.—Ophir Tanz, Forbes, 8 Mar. 2023 And the findings emerge when many Latter-day Saints and church observers are already agog at other recently reported multibillion-dollar figures associated with the faith’s wealth.—The Salt Lake Tribune, 5 Apr. 2022
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 See More
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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-
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.