boggle

verb
bog·​gle | \ ˈbä-gəl How to pronounce boggle (audio) \
boggled; boggling\ ˈbä-​g(ə-​)liŋ How to pronounce boggling (audio) \

Definition of boggle

intransitive verb

1 : to start with fright or amazement : be overwhelmed the mind boggles at the research needed
2 : to hesitate because of doubt, fear, or scruples

transitive verb

2 : to overwhelm with wonder or bewilderment boggle the mind

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Other Words from boggle

boggle noun

Examples of boggle in a Sentence

she boggled her first effort to make Christmas cookies

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Precip numbers: In a check Sunday with the Department of Water Resources, the rain and snow totals for March were mind-boggling at many weather stations. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Floods hammer Sierra foothills," 26 Mar. 2018 With their massive archives, the GIFs that NARA could be capable of creating is mind-boggling. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Explore the National Archives' Huge Collection of Vintage GIFs," 14 Oct. 2016 My introduction to ice climbing began by watching the pro athletes perform mind-boggling maneuvers on the competition course. Jenny Mccoy, SELF, "I Went Ice Climbing and Lasted About 6 Whole Minutes," 10 Mar. 2019 The Buzz: The amount of information contained within the pages of this annual publication is mind-boggling to say the least as Phil Steele and his staff tirelessly works to break down every facet of the college football game. Matt Murschel, OrlandoSentinel.com, "A guide to top college football preview magazines," 13 July 2018 The losing and the difficulties are always frustrating and mind-boggling and can drag you down a little bit. Paul Sullivan, chicagotribune.com, "Astros manager A.J. Hinch sees brighter days for White Sox, and Rick Renteria's positivity is a big reason," 7 July 2018 The ironies are mind-boggling, not least the fact that the study, which Kellman likens to a Nazi experiment, was spearheaded by the late child psychiatrist Peter Neubauer, himself an Austrian Jew who had fled the Holocaust. Justin Chang, latimes.com, "'Three Identical Strangers' is a riveting account of identical triplets separated at birth," 28 June 2018 With 80 expansion sets of Magic at your disposal, the sheer volume of cards can be mind-boggling. Darren Orf, Popular Mechanics, "How to Play 'Magic: The Gathering': Everything You Need to Know," 19 Feb. 2019 It’s the biggest, and most mind-boggling, summit of its kind this century — and probably for several decades. Washington Post, "What happened in Singapore on the eve of Trump-Kim summit?," 11 June 2018

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First Known Use of boggle

1598, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for boggle

perhaps from bogle

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boggle

verb

English Language Learners Definition of boggle

informal
: to be unable to think clearly : to be amazed or overwhelmed
: to make (the mind) unable to think clearly : to amaze or overwhelm (the mind)

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