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bog·gle

 (bŏg′əl)
v. bog·gled, bog·gling, bog·gles
v.intr.
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. To act ineptly or inefficiently; bungle.
v.tr.
1. To cause to be overcome, as with fright or astonishment.
2. To botch; bungle.

[Probably from boggle, dialectal variant of bogle.]

bog′gle n.
bog′gler n.

boggle

(ˈbɒɡəl)
vb
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. (tr) to baffle; bewilder; puzzle
[C16: probably variant of bogle1]

bog•gle1

(ˈbɒg əl)

v. -gled, -gling,
n. v.t.
1. to overwhelm or bewilder, as with magnitude or complexity: boggles the imagination.
2. to bungle; botch.
v.i.
3. to be overwhelmed.
4. to hesitate because of scruples, fear, etc.
n.
5. an act of boggling.
[1590–1600]
bog′gler, n.

bog•gle2

(ˈbɒg əl)

n.

boggle


Past participle: boggled
Gerund: boggling

Imperative
boggle
boggle
Present
I boggle
you boggle
he/she/it boggles
we boggle
you boggle
they boggle
Preterite
I boggled
you boggled
he/she/it boggled
we boggled
you boggled
they boggled
Present Continuous
I am boggling
you are boggling
he/she/it is boggling
we are boggling
you are boggling
they are boggling
Present Perfect
I have boggled
you have boggled
he/she/it has boggled
we have boggled
you have boggled
they have boggled
Past Continuous
I was boggling
you were boggling
he/she/it was boggling
we were boggling
you were boggling
they were boggling
Past Perfect
I had boggled
you had boggled
he/she/it had boggled
we had boggled
you had boggled
they had boggled
Future
I will boggle
you will boggle
he/she/it will boggle
we will boggle
you will boggle
they will boggle
Future Perfect
I will have boggled
you will have boggled
he/she/it will have boggled
we will have boggled
you will have boggled
they will have boggled
Future Continuous
I will be boggling
you will be boggling
he/she/it will be boggling
we will be boggling
you will be boggling
they will be boggling
Present Perfect Continuous
I have been boggling
you have been boggling
he/she/it has been boggling
we have been boggling
you have been boggling
they have been boggling
Future Perfect Continuous
I will have been boggling
you will have been boggling
he/she/it will have been boggling
we will have been boggling
you will have been boggling
they will have been boggling
Past Perfect Continuous
I had been boggling
you had been boggling
he/she/it had been boggling
we had been boggling
you had been boggling
they had been boggling
Conditional
I would boggle
you would boggle
he/she/it would boggle
we would boggle
you would boggle
they would boggle
Past Conditional
I would have boggled
you would have boggled
he/she/it would have boggled
we would have boggled
you would have boggled
they would have boggled
ThesaurusAntonymsRelated WordsSynonymsLegend:
Verb1.boggle - startle with amazement or fear
jump, startle, start - move or jump suddenly, as if in surprise or alarm; "She startled when I walked into the room"
2.boggle - hesitate when confronted with a problem, or when in doubt or fear
hesitate, waffle, waver - pause or hold back in uncertainty or unwillingness; "Authorities hesitate to quote exact figures"
3.boggle - overcome with amazement; "This boggles the mind!"
surprise - cause to be surprised; "The news really surprised me"

boggle

verb
1. wonder, gaze, be amazed, marvel, be taken aback, be awed, be filled with surprise The mind boggles at the possibilities.
2. confuse, surprise, shock, amaze, stun, astonish, stagger, bewilder, astound, daze, confound, bowl over, stupefy, dumbfound, flabbergast The management group's decision still boggles his mind.
3. hesitate, falter, waver, dither (chiefly Brit.), shrink, jib, demur, vacillate, hang back Many people boggled at engaging in a full-scale war against all the colonies.

boggle

verb
1. To overwhelm with surprise, wonder, or bewilderment:
2. To harm irreparably through inept handling; make a mess:
Informal: bollix up, muck up.
Idiom: make a muck of.
Translations

boggle

[ˈbɒgl]
A. VIpasmarse, quedarse patidifuso
to boggle (at) (= hesitate) → quedarse patidifuso (ante) ; (= be afraid) → quedarse helado (ante)
don't just stand and boggleno te quedes ahí parado con la boca abierta
the imagination bogglesse queda uno alucinado
the mind boggles!te quedas helado or patidifuso
B. VT it boggles the mindte deja alucinado

boggle

[ˈbɒgəl] vi
the mind boggles → c'est incroyable, on en reste sidéré(e)

boggle

vi (inf)glotzen (inf), → völlig sprachlos sein; the mind bogglesdas ist nicht or kaum auszumalen (inf); stories that make the mind boggleunglaubliche Geschichten

boggle

[ˈbɒgl] vi (fam) the mind boggles!è incredibile!
his eyes boggled at the sight → ha fatto tanto d'occhi davanti a quella scena
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