What does boggle mean?

Definitions for boggle
ˈbɒg əlbog·gle

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Princeton's WordNet

  1. boggleverb

    startle with amazement or fear

  2. boggleverb

    hesitate when confronted with a problem, or when in doubt or fear

  3. flabbergast, boggle, bowl oververb

    overcome with amazement

    "This boggles the mind!"


  1. boggleverb

    To be bewildered, dumbfounded, or confused.

    He boggled at the surprising news.

  2. boggleverb

    To confuse or mystify; overwhelm.

Samuel Johnson's Dictionary

  1. To BOGGLEverb

    Etymology: from bogil, Dutch, a spectre; a bugbear; a phantom.

    You boggle shrewdly; every feather starts you. William Shakespeare, All’s well that ends well.

    We start and boggle at every unusual appearance, and cannot endure the sight of the bugbear. Joseph Glanvill, Scepsis, c. 16.

    Nature, that rude, and in her first essay,
    Stood boggling at the roughness of the way;
    Us’d to the road, unknowing to return,
    Goes boldly on, and loves the path when worn. Dryden.

    And never boggle to restore
    The members you deliver o’er,
    Upon demand. Hudibras, p. iii. c. i.

    The well-shaped changeling is a man that has a rational soul, say you. Make the ears a little longer, and more pointed, and the nose a little flatter than ordinary, and then you begin to boggle. John Locke.

    When summoned to his last end, it was no time for him to boggle with the world. James Howell, Vocal Forest.


  1. Boggle

    Boggle is a word game invented by Allan Turoff and originally distributed by Parker Brothers. The game is played using a plastic grid of lettered dice, in which players look for words in sequences of adjacent letters.


  1. boggle

    Boggle is a verb that means to be astonished or overwhelmed when trying to imagine or understand something. It can also refer to a word-search game invented by Allan Turnoff where players attempt to find words in sequences of adjacent letters arranged in a grid.

Webster Dictionary

  1. Bogglenoun

    to stop or hesitate as if suddenly frightened, or in doubt, or impeded by unforeseen difficulties; to take alarm; to exhibit hesitancy and indecision

  2. Bogglenoun

    to do anything awkwardly or unskillfully

  3. Bogglenoun

    to play fast and loose; to dissemble

  4. Boggleverb

    to embarrass with difficulties; to make a bungle or botch of


  1. Boggle

    Boggle is a word game designed by Allan Turoff, and trademarked by Parker Brothers, a division of Hasbro. The game is played using a plastic grid of lettered dice, in which players attempt to find words in sequences of adjacent letters.

Chambers 20th Century Dictionary

  1. Boggle

    bog′l, v.i. to stop or hesitate as if at a bogle: to start with fright: to make difficulties about a thing: to equivocate.—n. a scruple, objection: a bungle.—n. Bogg′ler, one who boggles: a doubter: (Shak.) one who starts from the right path. [See Bogle.]

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  1. Chaldean Numerology

    The numerical value of boggle in Chaldean Numerology is: 5

  2. Pythagorean Numerology

    The numerical value of boggle in Pythagorean Numerology is: 3

Examples of boggle in a Sentence

  1. Martin Smith:

    Their compatriots included such beasts as Wiwaxia, a slug covered in leaf-like scales and towering spines; Anomalocaris, resembling a cross between a lobster and a can-opener; Nectocaris, a boggle-eyed two-armed squid, and Opabinia, which looks like a shrimp that swallowed a vacuum cleaner.

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  • стряскам, плаша, стряскам се, плаша сеBulgarian
  • confondre's, estar confósCatalan, Valencian
  • zmást, zmaten, býtCzech
  • glotzenGerman
  • kummastuttaa, tyrmistyttääFinnish
  • troubler, être confus, être époustouflé, épaterFrench
  • clisg, breislichScottish Gaelic
  • संदेहHindi
  • לְהַסֵסHebrew
  • in de war zijn, verbijsterd zijn, verwarren, overdonderenDutch
  • поражаться, поражать, пугаться, изумлятьRussian
  • بوگلUrdu

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