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Syllabification: bog·gle
Pronunciation: /ˈbäɡəl

Definition of boggle in English:


[no object] informal
1(Of a person or a person’s mind) be astonished or overwhelmed when trying to imagine something: the mind boggles at the spectacle
More example sentences
  • The mind boggles, and so, I imagine, do the eyes.
  • When respected performers like her take five million dollars from Chanel No.5 to transform into little more than a big-screen Avon Lady, however, the mind truly boggles.
  • That's why my mind boggles when I see or hear people talking about American Idol.
marvel, wonder
1.1 [with object] Cause (a person or a person’s mind) to be astonished or overwhelmed: the inflated salary of a CEO boggles the mind (as adjective boggling) the total was a boggling 1.5 trillion miles
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  • Sharon's long standing demand for seven days of total quiet has been so utterly unrealistic it boggles the mind.
  • But then everything in this excerpt is so narrow-minded and wrong, it just boggles the mind that a 31-year-old could have said it.
  • The sheer amount of time and patience it must have taken to painstakingly draw out these complex pieces boggles the mind, which can be said for another series he created from the Surrey Suburban Project.
baffle, astonish, astound, amaze, stagger, overwhelm
1.2 (boggle at) (Of a person) hesitate or be anxious at: you never boggle at plain speaking
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  • Whilst watching a soap opera, and boggling at the revelation that a character had gone away and come back with a changed face, her puzzled six-year-old tugged on her skirt hem.
  • I see houses being showcased and toured on Channel 4's neverending parade of property programmes and I boggle at the fact that nobody who appears on any of them ever seems to have any stuff.
  • His first employers thought a Cajun audience might boggle at a journalist called ‘Wiltfong’.


late 16th century: probably of dialect origin and related to bogle and bogey2.

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