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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Such is the beauty of the annual Ethnic Dance Festival, which returns to Berkeley this year, in association with Cal Performances, featuring more than two dozen troupes representing a mind-boggling array of performers and works. Randy Mcmullen, The Mercury News, "SF Ethnic Dance Festival is back with a 28 troupes and a bunch of surprises," 2 July 2019 From tip to tip, the rack on Poncho Via spans a mind-boggling 10 ft 7.4 in. Meghan Overdeep, Southern Living, "Sorry Texas: Alabama Longhorn Breaks Guinness World Record for Longest Horns," 18 June 2019 The thought of making some random ‘friend’ in a bar or on the bus just boggles the mind. Seattle Times Staff, The Seattle Times, "‘Just the thought of it made my heart speed up a little’: The best comments this week on," 31 May 2019 France spent an even larger chunk of the calendar in the majors, preventing his mind-boggling 1.311 OPS from sticking to the PCL’s leaderboard. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Minors: Luis Urias, Ty France, Austin Allen named PCL all-stars," 26 June 2019 This bleached black-and-white, trippy tangle of naked bodies, with men posing like Greek statues, women painted to suggest paleolithic fertility goddesses, and anonymous fingers probing bodily orifices in mega close-up, was mind-boggling then. J. Hoberman, The New York Review of Books, "Barbara Rubin, Shameless Angel of Avant-Garde Cinema," 21 May 2019 We are being quietly adjusted to this logic-defying, indeed mind-boggling, state of affairs. The New York Review of Books, "Zygmunt Bauman," 6 Dec. 2018 Precip numbers: In a check Sunday with the Department of Water Resources, the rain and snow totals for March were mind-boggling at many weather stations. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Floods hammer Sierra foothills," 26 Mar. 2018 With their massive archives, the GIFs that NARA could be capable of creating is mind-boggling. David Grossman, Popular Mechanics, "Explore the National Archives' Huge Collection of Vintage GIFs," 14 Oct. 2016

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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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