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Definition of boggle

intransitive verb

transitive verb

  • bollix (up)
  • bugger (up)

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perhaps from bogle

1598, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

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What does the noun bogle mean?

There are four meanings listed in OED's entry for the noun bogle . See ‘Meaning & use’ for definitions, usage, and quotation evidence.

bogle has developed meanings and uses in subjects including

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OED is undergoing a continuous programme of revision to modernize and improve definitions. This entry has not yet been fully revised.

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Earliest known use

early 1500s

The earliest known use of the noun bogle is in the early 1500s.

OED's earliest evidence for bogle is from around 1507, in the writing of William Dunbar, poet and courtier.

bogle is of uncertain origin.

Nearby entries

  • bogglingly, adv. 1863–
  • bogglish, adj. 1656
  • boggy, adj. 1587–
  • Boghead, n. 1858–
  • bog-hole, n. 1788–
  • boghouse, n. 1644–
  • bogie, n. c1817–
  • bog iron ore, n. 1789–
  • bog-land, n. 1652–
  • bog Latin, n. 1785–
  • bogle, n. ?1507–
  • bogle-bo, n. 1603–
  • bogle-dom, n. 1861–
  • boglet, n. 1869–
  • bogman, n. 1891–
  • bog manganese, n. 1875–
  • bog-mine, n. 1590
  • bog-mine-ore, n. 1764
  • bog-mire, n. 1624
  • bog moss, n. 1785–
  • bog-mould | bog-mold, n. 1834–

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  • 1.1 Alternative forms
  • 1.2 Etymology
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  • 1.4.1 Derived terms
  • 1.5 References
  • 1.6 Anagrams

English [ edit ]

Alternative forms [ edit ], etymology [ edit ].

Uncertain; possibly cognate with bug or from Welsh bwgwly ( “ to terrify ” ) . [1]

Pronunciation [ edit ]

  • ( UK ) IPA ( key ) : /ˈbɒɡ.l̩/

Noun [ edit ]

bogle ( plural bogles )

  • A goblin ; a frightful spectre or phantom ; a bogy or bugbear .
  • ( dialectal , dated ) A scarecrow .
  • 2001 November 25, Diran Adebayo, “Young, gifted, black…and very confused”, in The Observer ‎ [1] , →ISSN : At the turn of the Nineties, the footballer Ian Wright would often celebrate his goals by running to the corner flag, and doing a ‘bogling’ move—the ‘ bogle ’ was a ragamuffin reggae dance then popular in the black community.
  • 2013 July 6, Kate Hutchinson, “It's summer, let's dance!”, in The Guardian ‎ [2] , →ISSN : In Jamaica, there's a constant stream of new moves, corresponding to big club tunes. Dancers race to put videos online in the hope of starting the next bogle , dutty wine or hot wuk sensation.

Derived terms [ edit ]

  • potato-bogle

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary , which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing. (See the entry for “ bogle ”, in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary , Springfield, Mass.: G. & C. Merriam , 1913, →OCLC .)

References [ edit ]

  • The English Dialect Dictionary, Being the Complete Vocabulary of All Dialect Words Still in Use, Or Known to Have Been in Use During the Last Two Hundred Years: A-E
  • ^ Charles P. G. Scott, 'Bogus and His Crew', Transactions and Proceedings of the American Philological Association, Vol. 42 (1911), pp. 157-174.

Anagrams [ edit ]

  • Belgo- , Globe , Gobel , Goble , globe

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“They were periods of time, like the 70s, when you had stars such Diana Ross, Diahann Carroll, and Pam Grier,” said Bogle.

“She is this amazing character actor that can do anything with a role,” said Bogle.

"What you're seeing on Wall Street is disgusting," says Vanguard Group founder John Bogle.

Justin Bogle, executive chef at Gilt in New York City, is waiting for his truffles to arrive.

"Town's goin' to be het up for certain," said Mr. Bogle, waggling his ancient head.

Coroner Bogle demanded that the body should be viewed officially before the man-hunt should begin.

An' aa saw theer t' bogle,—thee knaws, t' bogle o' Bleacliff Tarn; an' she turned hersel, an' she spoak to me!'

You shall have a specimen, Bogle, of this extremely racy production, which I strongly recommend you to keep in view as model.

We incline to think Cornish "bucca" and Scottish "bogle" may be taken as equivalent in meaning.

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to overwhelm or bewilder, as with magnitude, complexity, or strangeness: 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 mess; a bungle or botch.

Archaic . a scruple; demur; hesitation.

Origin of boggle

Other words from boggle.

  • bog·gling·ly, adverb

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How to use boggle in a sentence

If there were a boggle World Championship, I would play in it.

When placed side-by-side, the horrors of the Palestinian propaganda machine begin to boggle the mind.

There was boggle , the tooth fairy, Sesame Street, family pets, and school plays.

I did not boggle at his slave-dealing, but took him on the spot.

I see, when a woman has a mind to't, she'll never boggle at a sin.

You needn't boggle at it; it's honest got and earned, long before this other racket.

However you would immediately require some specimen of my skill; and at that indeed I might boggle a little.

The time to think of risks was gone by; the time to boggle over what honor allowed or forbade had never come to Rupert of Hentzau.

British Dictionary definitions for boggle

/ ( ˈbɒɡ ə l ) /

to be surprised, confused, or alarmed (esp in the phrase the mind boggles )

to hesitate or be evasive when confronted with a problem

(tr) to baffle; bewilder; puzzle

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  1. Bogle Definition & Meaning

    The meaning of BOGLE is goblin, specter; also : an object of fear or loathing.

  2. The Origin and History of 'Boggle'

    Etymologists think that boggle likely comes from an obscure British dialect noun, bogle. A bogle is a goblin or specter, or, more broadly any object of fear or loathing. (Bogle is also the likely origin of the bogey in bogeyman and its variant boogeyman .) Time was, it was more often imaginations that boggled: But the imagination boggles.

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    A bogle, boggle, or bogill is a Northumbrian and Scots term for a ghost or folkloric being, ... The name is derived from the Middle-English Bugge (from which the term bogey is also derived) which is in turn a cognate of the German term word bögge (from which böggel-mann ...


    BOGGLE definition: 1. to confuse or surprise someone very much: 2. used for saying that you find something very…. Learn more.

  6. Boggle Definition & Meaning

    boggle: [verb] to start with fright or amazement : be overwhelmed.

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    BOGLE definition: a scarecrow | Meaning, pronunciation, translations and examples in American English

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    1. to be surprised, confused, or alarmed (esp in the phrase the mind boggles ) 2. to hesitate or be evasive when confronted with a problem. 3. (transitive) to baffle; bewilder; puzzle. Collins English Dictionary.

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    Definition Of Bogle. When it comes to the English language, the term "bogle" holds an intriguing place. Primarily used as a noun, a bogle refers to a mythical creature or spirit that is often associated with mischief or fright. It is believed to be a mischievous supernatural being that can take on various forms and is known to haunt or ...

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    bog·gle. 1. To hesitate as if in fear or doubt. 2. To shy away or be overcome with fright or astonishment: "The mind now boggling at all the numbers on the table, both sides agreed to a recess of an hour" (Henry A. Kissinger). 3.

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    bogle (plural bogles) A goblin; a frightful spectre or phantom; a bogy or bugbear. ( dialectal, dated) A scarecrow. ( dance) A Jamaican dance move that involves raising and lowering the arms while moving the body in a waving motion. 2001 November 25, Diran Adebayo, "Young, gifted, black…and very confused", in The Observer ‎ [1], →ISSN:

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    Meaning of "bogle" in the English dictionary . DICTIONARY . ETYMOLOGY OF THE WORD BOGLE. From Scottish bogill, perhaps from Gaelic; compare Welsh bygel. Etymology is the study of the origin of words and their changes in structure and significance. PRONUNCIATION OF BOGLE.

  19. Bogle Definition & Meaning

    Bogle definition: A hobgoblin; a bogey. Huntly Banks, where "true Thomas" lay and watched the queen's approach, is half a mile west of the Eildon Tree Stone, and on the west side of the hills is Bogle Burn, a streamlet that feeds the Tweed and probably derives its name from his ghostly visitor.

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