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 The process from tree stump to polished wood is mind-boggling. Greg Burnett, cleveland, "A Piece of Cleveland offers just what the name says, except this time, it’s in the form of nature’s beauty," 3 Nov. 2019 The realization that bees are insects, and that insecticides kill bees, is mind-boggling to entomologists. Daniel Wolfe, Quartz, "Half a billion dead honey bees in Brazil show what happens when you roll back pesticide regulations," 22 Aug. 2019 The logistics of moving those batteries — and everything else — from city to city is mind-boggling. CBS News, "Inside Formula E, the electric car league vying to become the future of auto racing," 13 July 2019 These mind-boggling concoctions, with original spelling errors included, sprung from the minds of fourth-graders at Washington Elementary School in Little Italy. Pam Kragen, San Diego Union-Tribune, "Local fourth-graders create unusual ice cream flavors for Salt & Straw," 6 Sep. 2019 With mind-boggling devastation come stories of distress and rescue that sound like something out of a movie. Crystal A. Degregory, Time, "Here in the Bahamas, Every Generation Has Its Storm Stories. The Tale of Hurricane Dorian Is Still Being Written," 4 Sep. 2019 Jumpers can glide forward at speeds upwards of 140 miles per hour, steering through the air with mind-boggling accuracy like a high-powered flying squirrel. National Geographic, "Has the world's deadliest sport become safer? It's complicated.," 21 Aug. 2019 In India, fake news is generated at mind-boggling speed, and used as just another campaign tool. Annalisa Merelli, Quartz, "Fake news has been enabling fascism for a whole century," 15 Aug. 2019 And with 50th-birthday well wishes overflowing on social media Saturday, the topic of his mind-boggling agelessness inevitably came up again. Marci Robin, Allure, "Paul Rudd Just Turned 50 and Still Looks Exactly the Same as He Did in the ‘90s," 7 Apr. 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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20 Nov 2019

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The first known use of boggle was in 1598

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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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