[kwag-mahyuh r, kwog-] /ˈkwægˌmaɪər, ˈkwɒg-/
an area of miry or boggy ground whose surface yields under the tread; a bog.
a situation from which extrication is very difficult:
a quagmire of financial indebtedness.
anything soft or flabby.
a soft wet area of land that gives way under the feet; bog
an awkward, complex, or embarrassing situation
1570s, “bog, marsh,” from obsolete quag “bog, marsh” + mire (n.). Early spellings include quamyre (1550s), quabmire (1590s), quadmire (c.1600). Extended sense of “difficult situation, inescapable bad position” is recorded by 1766; but this seems to have been not in common use in much of 19c. (absent in “Century Dictionary,” 1902), but revived in a narrower sense in reference to military invasions in American English, 1965, with reference to Vietnam (popularized in the book title “The Making of a Quagmire” by David Halberstam).
[kwaw-hawg, -hog, kwoh-, koh-, kwuh-hawg, -hog] /ˈkwɔ hɔg, -hɒg, kwoʊ-, ˈkoʊ-, kwəˈhɔg, -ˈhɒg/ noun 1. an edible clam, Venus (Mercenaria) mercenaria, inhabiting waters along the Atlantic coast, having a relatively thick shell. /ˈkoʊˌhɒɡ/ noun 1. an edible clam, Venus (or Mercenaria) mercenaria, native to the Atlantic coast of North America, having a large heavy rounded […]
n. 1870, “public path beside a waterway,” from French quai (12c., see quay). Often short for Quai d’Orsay, the street on the south bank of the Seine in Paris, since mid-19c. site of the French Ministry of Foreign Affairs and hence sometimes used metonymically for it (1922).
[kweykh] /kweɪx/ noun 1. a Scottish drinking cup of the 17th and 18th centuries having a shallow bowl with two or three flat handles. /kwex; kweɪx/ noun (pl) quaichs, quaighs 1. (Scot) a small shallow drinking cup, usually with two handles
[kweyl] /kweɪl/ noun, plural quails (especially collectively) quail. 1. a small, migratory, gallinaceous game bird, Coturnix coturnix, of the Old World. 2. any of several other birds of the genus Coturnix and allied genera. 3. any of various New World gallinaceous game birds of the genus Colinus and allied genera, especially the bobwhite. 4. Slang. […]