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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That this hasn’t been announced as a Disney+ series yet boggles the mind. Graeme Mcmillan, The Hollywood Reporter, "80 Comics to Read For Marvel's 80th Anniversary," 31 Aug. 2019 Worst case Facing a mind-boggling eight opponents coming off bye weeks proves too stiff a challenge for Notre Dame to reel off a third straight 10-win season for the first time since the Lou Holtz era. Mike Berardino, Indianapolis Star, "Best- and worst-case scenarios for Notre Dame football," 28 Aug. 2019 Endorsed by postfem mag Bust, this site presents a mind-boggling 65,000 movies. The Editors, Marie Claire, "The Hottest Porn for Women on the Internet," 13 Aug. 2019 After lying to her parents about her destination, Breda arrived from Boston to find a mind-boggling mass of people, tents, blankets, pot smoke, patchouli and underpreparedness. Washington Post, "Woodstock generation looks back, from varied vantage points," 10 Aug. 2019 Just the idea is monumental, as mind-boggling as Myers’ current struggles. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Padres’ Wil Myers talks pride, possibility of a trade and trying too hard," 27 July 2019 His mind must have been boggled again last week when, on July 9, the conference revealed the media’s preseason All-Big 12 team. Nick Moyle,, "Despite another snub, Texas WR Collin Johnson still among Big 12’s best," 17 July 2019 Every visitor to Jerusalem arrives with an expectation and leaves boggled by how vast and complicated this jewel in the rocky hills truly is. National Geographic, "See Jerusalem like a Nat Geo Explorer," 16 Apr. 2019 Delta passengers endured a mind-boggling 18-hour delay — and no one's quite sure why. Alexander Smith, NBC News, "Amazon wildfires could be 'game over' for climate change fight: The Morning Rundown," 23 Aug. 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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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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