from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. Land with a soft muddy surface.
- n. A difficult or precarious situation; a predicament.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A swampy, soggy area of ground.
- n. A perilous, mixed up and troubled situation; a hopeless tangle; a predicament.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Soft, wet, miry land, which shakes or yields under the feet.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Soft, wet, boggy land that trembles under the foot; a marsh; a bog; a fen.
- n. Synonyms Slough, Bog, etc. See marsh.
- To entangle or sink in or as in a quagmire.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- n. a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot
Recorded since 1579, from two virtual synonyms: obsolete quag ("bog, marsh") (a variant of Middle English quabbe ("a marsh, bog"), from Old English *cwabba ("shake, tremble like something soft and flabby"); cognate with Dutch kwab) + mire (from Middle English, from Old Norse mýrr, akin to Old English mōs ("marsh") and English moss). The sense "difficult situation, inextricable position" is recorded since 1775. (Wiktionary)