boggle

verb
bog·​gle | \ ˈbä-gəl \
boggled; boggling\ ˈbä-​g(ə-​)liŋ \

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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Bitcoin, the marquee cryptocurrency, was trading at an intraday high of $8,267 last Thanksgiving, up a mind-boggling 724 percent since the beginning of 2017, according to CoinMarketCap data. Rani Molla, Recode, "Don’t be the jerk who brings up bitcoin this Thanksgiving," 20 Nov. 2018 Wealth inequality is mind-boggling and getting worse. E.j. Roller, Vox, "We need to talk about how family money can make or break an arts career," 12 Nov. 2018 But what these men accomplished during their stay is mind-boggling. Margot Dougherty, WSJ, "In Ireland, a Getaway Far, Far Away," 6 Nov. 2018 The common or European pear was a high-value fruit; in one Oregon county alone, Jackson, the pear industry in 1916 was worth a mind-boggling $10 million. Adrian Higgins, The Seattle Times, "Scientists thought they had created the perfect tree. But it became a nightmare.," 17 Sep. 2018 Michigan has a unique position in the country: The small midwestern state is the 10th most populous but oversees a mind boggling 21 percent of the world’s surface freshwater supply. Sarah Kunst, Marie Claire, "Gretchen Whitmer Is Ready for the Top Job," 7 Nov. 2018 Taken together, screw ups are mind-boggling in scope, affecting tens of millions of people. Casey Newton, The Verge, "22 predictions for social media in 2019," 15 Dec. 2018 But given that Jughead’s narration is already a major part of the show, the meta levels here are mind-boggling. Emma Dibdin, Harper's BAZAAR, "Riverdale Is Officially Out of Control," 15 Nov. 2018 The mind boggles at the combined effect of royal siblings George, Charlotte, and Louis and their cousin-to-be baby Sussex. Juliet Rieden, Town & Country, "Why Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s Tour of Australia Is Crucial to the Future of the Monarchy," 1 Nov. 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

: 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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