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quag

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Pronunciation: /kwaɡ
 
, kwɒɡ
 
/

Definition of quag in English:

noun

archaic
A marshy or boggy place.
Example sentences
  • The entire region plunged into deep chaos and a nation was caught up in a deep quag, that it is still finding itself difficult to extricate from.
  • Both tires have deep, conical lugs that grip like a colony of leeches but are spaced well-enough apart to shed even the most adhesive quag with ease.
  • The only good thing about your garden becoming a quag is that the weeds pull up really easily.

Origin

late 16th century: related to dialect quag 'shake, quiver'; probably symbolic, the qu- suggesting movement (as in quake and quick).

Derivatives

quaggy

1
adjective
Example sentences
  • However, there is one interesting thing about wild, remote, quaggy old Isle of Lewis.
  • The path itself, or rather the portion of more solid ground on which the travellers half walked, half waded, was rough, broken, and in many places quaggy and unsound.
  • We came at last to a bit of quaggy road, which one man, by making a dash as over thin ice, might possibly have got through; for six men and a stretcher this was impossible.

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