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
Recent Examples on the Web Take, for example, this mind-boggling statistic (pdf): The total amount of plastic ever created is 8.3 billion metric tons. Amanda Shendruk, Quartz, "The incomprehensible scale of global plastic production, broken down," 8 Nov. 2019 His passing numbers are mind-boggling: 3,303 yards, 31 TDs. Richard Obert, azcentral, "Leading candidates for Arizona high school football Player of the Year," 5 Nov. 2019 Even in the age of StubHub, the sheer number of tickets that one man was selling to Chicago White Sox games through the online resale forum was mind-boggling. Jason Meisner,, "Feds probe whether White Sox insider involved in sale of thousands of complimentary game tickets on StubHub," 24 Oct. 2019 From religious monuments, beaches, film sets and mind-boggling slums made infamous by global reportage, Maximum City is a kaleidoscope of varied and unique experiences. Anuj Puri, Quartz India, "In the Delhi versus Mumbai real estate debate, there’s no easy answer," 19 Dec. 2019 Yet scientists have speculated for years about the possibility that phonons might impart heat across a vacuum, enamored by the mind-boggling fact that quantum mechanics dictates space can never be truly empty. Charles Q. Choi, Scientific American, "Space Heater: Scientists Find New Way to Transfer Energy Through a Vacuum," 11 Dec. 2019 No wonder that — arguably for the first time ever — both college affordability and the mind-boggling $1.5 trillion-with-a-T owed by millions who’ve already attended have become front-burner issues in the 2020 elections. Will Bunch, Twin Cities, "Will Bunch: What Pete Buttigieg doesn’t get about how college has ripped America in two," 10 Dec. 2019 The fund has since given over a mind-boggling $818 million to charities (disclosure, my organization is among them). Jon Caldara, The Denver Post, "Caldara: Candi CdeBaca should give Daniels Fund back its money," 22 Nov. 2019 Kaepernick threw for 263 yards and two scores but more importantly ran for a mind-boggling 181 yards and two touchdowns in a blowout win for the 49ers (12-4-1). Jr Radcliffe, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Nine major clashes between Packers and 49ers in a rivalry between tradition-rich teams," 20 Nov. 2019

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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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The first known use of boggle was in 1598

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16 Jan 2020

Cite this Entry

“Boggle.” The Dictionary, Merriam-Webster Inc., Accessed 20 January 2020.

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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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not to be intimidated or subdued

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