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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boggle noun

Examples of boggle in a Sentence

she boggled her first effort to make Christmas cookies
Recent Examples on the Web But unlike seismic shifts of the past — ingrained into the American consciousness through a single catastrophic event — the novel coronavirus crept in undercover, one mind-boggling announcement at a time. Mandy Mclaren, The Courier-Journal, "As the coronavirus interrupts daily life, a Louisville family grapples with a new reality," 20 Mar. 2020 Church is one of many scientists and ethicists who walk us through the mind-boggling scientific advances in gene-editing described in the documentary Human Nature, an intensely engaging and important documentary. Kyle Smith, National Review, "The Gene Revolution Is Already Here," 13 Mar. 2020 One with 1,000,000 components lives in a mind-boggling 1,000,000-dimensional space. Quanta Magazine, "How Pi Connects Colliding Blocks to a Quantum Search Algorithm," 21 Jan. 2020 This time around, Amodei will transport audiences to the Louvre for a mind-boggling 90-minute show., "5 things to do in Boston this weekend - The Boston Globe," 25 Dec. 2019 This decision is disappointing to many and mind-boggling to others. Jeff Seidel, Detroit Free Press, "Detroit Lions bringing back Matt Patricia, Bob Quinn means cluelessness as usual by Ford family," 17 Dec. 2019 And this November, history was made as for the first time in history, U.S. streams of combined on-demand audio and video passed the mind-boggling one trillion mark for the year. Andrew Unterberger, Billboard, "2013 Was the Year That... Streaming Officially Became Unignorable," 5 Dec. 2019 That was such a mind-boggling idea that Einstein himself was doubtful. Adam Glanzman, Smithsonian, "Meet the Global Team That Captured the First Image of a Black Hole," 19 Nov. 2019 Despite their mind-boggling numbers — several million potholes are spread across a region that covers portions of five states and three Canadian provinces— these wetlands are steadily blinking out. James Brooks, The Denver Post, "Bringing the world’s buried wetlands back from the dead," 5 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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26 Mar 2020

Cite this Entry

“Boggle.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 7 Apr. 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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