agog

adjective
\ ə-ˈgäg How to pronounce agog (audio) \

Definition of agog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

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
2a : 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
3a : 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

adverb

Definition of agog (Entry 2 of 2)

: 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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Synonyms: Adjective

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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 Soon the garrison is agog with tales of Joan’s prowess. Maureen Corrigan, WSJ, 5 Aug. 2022 And astronomers all over the world are collectively agog. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, 17 Dec. 2021 During the 2019 time trial in Yorkshire, England, TV commentators were agog at Dygert’s 92-second victory. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Aug. 2021 During the 2019 time trial in Yorkshire, England, TV commentators were agog at Dygert’s 92-second victory. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Aug. 2021 During the 2019 time trial in Yorkshire, England, TV commentators were agog at Dygert’s 92-second victory. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Aug. 2021 During the 2019 time trial in Yorkshire, England, TV commentators were agog at Dygert’s 92-second victory. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Aug. 2021 During the 2019 time trial in Yorkshire, England, TV commentators were agog at Dygert’s 92-second victory. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Aug. 2021 During the 2019 time trial in Yorkshire, England, TV commentators were agog at Dygert’s 92-second victory. David Woods, The Indianapolis Star, 3 Aug. 2021 See More

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First Known Use of agog

Adjective

1664, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Adverb

1663, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for agog

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.

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“Agog.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/agog. Accessed 19 Aug. 2022.

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agog

adjective
\ ə-ˈgäg How to pronounce agog (audio) \

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

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