Boggle



to overwhelm or bewilder, as with the magnitude, complexity, or abnormality of:
The speed of light boggles the mind.
to bungle; botch.
to hesitate or waver because of scruples, fear, etc.
to start or jump with fear, alarm, or surprise; shrink; shy.
to bungle awkwardly.
to be overwhelmed or bewildered.
an act of shying or taking alarm.
a scruple; demur; hesitation.
bungle; botch.
bogle.
Contemporary Examples

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The Crime of Kufr Qaddoum: An EmergencyStandWithDavidMonitor Animal Rights Division Expose Eli Valley March 28, 2012

Historical Examples

The Right Time Walter Bupp
McClure’s Magazine, Vol 31, No 2, June 1908 Various
Rupert of Hentzau Anthony Hope
The Rough Road William John Locke
Punch, Or The London Charivari, Vol. 102, Feb. 20, 1892 Various
Studies of Contemporary Poets Mary C. Sturgeon
McClure’s Magazine, Vol. VI., No. 6, May, 1896 Various
Short Stories Fiodor Dostoievski

verb (intransitive) often foll by at
to be surprised, confused, or alarmed (esp in the phrase the mind boggles)
to hesitate or be evasive when confronted with a problem
(transitive) to baffle; bewilder; puzzle
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    Bewilder or astonish with complexity, novelty, or the like, as in The very magnitude of the Milky Way boggles the mind. The source of this usage is unclear, as the verb to boggle has several other seemingly unrelated meanings—to shy away, to hesitate, to bungle. [ Second half of 1900s ]

  • Boggled

    to overwhelm or bewilder, as with the magnitude, complexity, or abnormality of: The speed of light boggles the mind. to bungle; botch. to hesitate or waver because of scruples, fear, etc. to start or jump with fear, alarm, or surprise; shrink; shy. to bungle awkwardly. to be overwhelmed or bewildered. an act of shying or […]



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