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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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,, "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,, "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,, "'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 Thus Utah’s executive and artistic leadership made the mind-boggling decision to record the virtuosic Symphony No. Barbara Jepson, WSJ, "Uncertain Tempo," 31 Dec. 2018 Following a series of mind-boggling blunders by Ikramy, Elshenawy is now Al-Ahly's top choice. Hemza Hendawi,, "Chances of making history fading for Egypt keeper El Hadary," 16 June 2018 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

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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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marked by a state of overwhelming emotion

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