American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. An area having a wet, spongy, acidic substrate composed chiefly of sphagnum moss and peat in which characteristic shrubs and herbs and sometimes trees usually grow.
- n. Any of certain other wetland areas, such as a fen, having a peat substrate. Also called peat bog.
- n. An area of soft, naturally waterlogged ground.
- v. To cause to sink in or as if in a bog: We worried that the heavy rain across the prairie would soon bog our car. Don't bog me down in this mass of detail.
- v. To be hindered and slowed.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Wet, soft, and spongy ground, where the soil is composed mainly of decayed and decaying vegetable matter; a quagmire covered with grass or other plants; a piece of mossy or peaty ground; a moss.
- n. A little elevated piece of earth in a marsh or swamp, filled with roots and grass.
- To sink or submerge in a bog, or in mud and mire: used chiefly in the passive, to be bogged.
- To sink or stick in a bog; hence, to flounder among obstacles; be stopped.
- n. A specter; a bugbear.
- Bold; sturdy; self-sufficient; petulant; saucy.
- n. Brag; boastfulness.
- To boast.
- To provoke.
- To ease the body by stool.
- v. euphemistic, slang, UK, with "off" To go away.
- n. An expanse of marshland.
- n. Ireland, UK, New Zealand, vulgar, slang A toilet.
- v. intransitive, informal To become (figuratively or literally) mired or stuck.
- v. transitive, UK, informal To make a mess of something.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A quagmire filled with decayed moss and other vegetable matter; wet spongy ground where a heavy body is apt to sink; a marsh; a morass.
- n. Local, U. S. A little elevated spot or clump of earth, roots, and grass, in a marsh or swamp.
- v. To sink, as into a bog; to submerge in a bog; to cause to sink and stick, as in mud and mire.
- v. get stuck while doing something
- n. wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation; has poorer drainage than a swamp; soil is unfit for cultivation but can be cut and dried and used for fuel
- v. cause to slow down or get stuck
- by shortening and euphemistic alteration from bugger (Wiktionary)
- Irish Gaelic bogach, from bog, soft; see bheug- in Indo-European roots. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Book" is also derived from the Danish word bog, the bark of the beech.”
“The peat-bog is formed of Juncus effusus with Spagnum rugegense.”
“The student bog is appropriate because it lets students express themselves and teach other students things.”
“Ermm I will probably be in a boX when this happens, although bog is probably appropriate for me. on October 19, 2007 at 1: 35 pm | Reply Deborah Parr”
“How about that, Josh; wouldn't you call a bog a swamp, too?" asked”
“The tops of the downs in Southern England still show the scars where primitive men fought their wars or grew their scanty crops; and in the lowland plains an unusual abundance of trees will show you where once a dense forest grew, or you may infer an impassable bog from a muddy field alongside some meandering brook.”
“They say, wherever water is found, some or other species of these minute wonders may be met with; standing pools, and rivers, and ditches all have them; and some particularly beautiful are to be found in bog water; so with, I am afraid you will think, a not very commendable impatience, I am pointing my steps towards a bog that I know – in the wish to get some of the best first.”
“You may get some truly bizarre planetary climate models, involving such things as water soaking up through the ground to keep plants alive let’s see–if there is so much water underground that it soaks UP to the surface, isn’t that what we call a bog?”
“(tibioastragular) joint with synovia is commonly known as bog spavin.”
“Yet for all its glitzy facelift, it is still very much what Alastair Campbell would graciously call a bog-standard comprehensive with just 38% of pupils achieving five GCSEs (including English and maths) at grade C or above.”
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