boggle

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

Other Words from boggle

boggle noun

Examples of boggle in a Sentence

she boggled her first effort to make Christmas cookies
Recent Examples on the Web In the past year alone, the once-outre Arkestra has enjoyed institutional recognition that would even boggle the mind of its prescient founder. Hannah Edgar, chicagotribune.com, 23 Mar. 2022 This seat has a history that would boggle your mind. Edmund H. Mahony, courant.com, 7 Mar. 2022 To tweak the settings, go into your subclass menu and let your eyes boggle at all the options. Boone Ashworth, Wired, 21 Feb. 2022 If dry fluid dynamics doesn’t boggle your mind, just add water. Chris Lee, Ars Technica, 31 Jan. 2022 The blood of people who seek challenges that boggle mere humans contains extremely low levels of an enzyme that regulates the effects of stress on mental activity. Kim Ode, Star Tribune, 16 July 2021 In museum-quality objects, the number and quality of those details can boggle the mind, says Laura Taylor, the curator of interpretation at the National Museum of Toys/Miniatures in Kansas City, Missouri. Eleanor Cummins, Popular Science, 1 Jan. 2021 But some of the ailments Romans suffered boggle the mind—vicious fevers, wasting diseases and worms living in putrefying wounds that refused to heal. Edward Watts, Smithsonian Magazine, 28 Apr. 2020 This beastly powerplant chums out 280 horsepower at 4400 rpm and a boggling 350 pound-feet of torque at 3600. Arthur St. Antoine, Car and Driver, 19 May 2020 See More

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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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Last Updated

31 Mar 2022

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“Boggle.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/boggle. Accessed 18 May. 2022.

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