noun (1)
\ ˈbäg How to pronounce bog (audio) , ˈbȯg \

Definition of bog

 (Entry 1 of 3)

geography : wet spongy ground especially : a poorly drained usually acid area rich in accumulated plant material, frequently surrounding a body of open water, and having a characteristic flora (as of sedges, heaths, and sphagnum)


bogged; bogging

Definition of bog (Entry 2 of 3)

transitive verb

: to cause to sink into or as if into a bog (see bog entry 1) : impede, mire usually used with down a car that had gotten bogged down in the mudeasy to get bogged down in the details

intransitive verb

: to become impeded or stuck usually used with down Extra demand can cause the system to bog down.


noun (2)

Definition of bog (Entry 3 of 3)


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First Known Use of bog

Noun (1)

14th century, in the meaning defined above


1599, in the meaning defined at transitive sense

Noun (2)

circa 1789, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for bog

Noun (1) and Verb

Middle English (Scots), from Scottish Gaelic & Irish bog- (as in bogluachair bulrushes), from bog marshy, literally, soft, from Middle Irish bocc; probably akin to Old English būgan to bend — more at bow

Noun (2)

short for boghouse, from British argot bog to defecate

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The first known use of bog was in the 14th century

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“Bog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 28 May. 2022.

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\ ˈbäg How to pronounce bog (audio) , ˈbȯg \

Kids Definition of bog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: wet spongy ground that is usually acid and found next to a body of water (as a pond)


bogged; bogging

Kids Definition of bog (Entry 2 of 2)

: to sink or stick fast in or as if in a bog The car bogged down in the road. I got bogged down in my work.

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