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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Americans were bombarded with such mind-boggling inventions as the electric lightbulb, radio and telephone. Mary Carole Mccauley,, "Behind the magic of Harry Houdini at the Jewish Museum of Maryland," 29 June 2018 Inflation is mind-boggling, whittling the nation’s minimum wage to the equivalent of $3 a month. New York Times, "Critics Say He Can’t Beat a Dictator. This Venezuelan Thinks He Can.," 17 May 2018 For a location to remain no lower than 109 degrees around the clock is mind-boggling. Jason Samenow, Washington Post, "A city in Oman just posted the world’s hottest low temperature ever recorded: 109 degrees," 27 June 2018 The logistics of brushing your teeth while keeping the mirror clean are mind-boggling. Jessica Bloom, The Cut, "I Think About This a Lot: Kim Kardashian Brushing Her Teeth," 21 May 2018 User numbers for services that are free of charge in emerging markets are inevitably mind-boggling—eight of the ten countries with the largest number of Facebook users are emerging markets, led by India with 270m. The Economist, "Chinese and US tech giants go at it in emerging markets," 5 July 2018 Mexico is hurting right now, feeling the sting of a mind-boggling seventh consecutive elimination at the round of 16 stage and outplayed (and out-simulated) by Neymar and his pals. Martin Rogers, USA TODAY, "Why USMNT fans should celebrate Mexico's World Cup loss," 3 July 2018 With characters using technology that can shrink a van to the size of a Hot Wheels toy car, or transform a Pez dispenser into a 10-foot-tall javelin, the car chase has no shortage of mind-boggling visual stunts. Eli Wolfe,, "‘Ant-Man’ Paul Rudd talks tiny insects and Skywalker Ranch," 2 July 2018 This is physics at its most mind-boggling and extreme. Author: Sarah Kaplan, Anchorage Daily News, "In a cosmic first, scientists detect ‘ghost particles’ from a distant galaxy," 12 July 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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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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