Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun 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.
  • noun Any of certain other wetland areas, such as a fen, having a peat substrate.
  • noun An area of soft, naturally waterlogged ground.
  • noun Chiefly British Slang A restroom or toilet.
  • intransitive verb To cause to sink in a bog.
  • intransitive verb To hinder or slow.
  • intransitive verb To be hindered and slowed.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Bold; sturdy; self-sufficient; petulant; saucy.
  • noun Brag; boastfulness.
  • 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.
  • noun 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.
  • noun A little elevated piece of earth in a marsh or swamp, filled with roots and grass.
  • noun A specter; a bugbear.
  • To boast.
  • To provoke.
  • To ease the body by stool.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • transitive verb To sink, as into a bog; to submerge in a bog; to cause to sink and stick, as in mud and mire.
  • noun 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.
  • noun Local, U. S. A little elevated spot or clump of earth, roots, and grass, in a marsh or swamp.
  • noun See Buck bean.
  • noun [Prov.] the bittern.
  • noun a hydrocarbon of butterlike consistence found in the peat bogs of Ireland.
  • noun (Min.) a soil composed for the most part of silex and partially decomposed vegetable fiber.
  • noun (Bot.) Same as Sphagnum.
  • noun (Bot.) the sweet gale.
  • noun (Min.) Bog manganese, the hydrated peroxide of manganese.
  • noun (Bot.) any rush growing in bogs; saw grass.
  • noun See under Spavin.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun An expanse of marshland.
  • noun Ireland, UK, New Zealand, vulgar, slang A toilet.
  • verb intransitive, informal To become (figuratively or literally) mired or stuck.
  • verb transitive, UK, informal To make a mess of something.
  • verb euphemistic, slang, UK, with "off" To go away.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • verb get stuck while doing something
  • noun 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
  • verb cause to slow down or get stuck

Etymologies

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Irish Gaelic bogach, from bog, soft; see bheug- in Indo-European roots.]

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

by shortening and euphemistic alteration from bugger

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

Irish and Scottish Gaelic bogach ("soft, boggy ground"), from bog ("soft")

Examples

  • "Book" is also derived from the Danish word bog, the bark of the beech.

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  • The student bog is appropriate because it lets students express themselves and teach other students things.

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  • The peat-bog is formed of Juncus effusus with Spagnum rugegense.

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  • The student bog is appropriate because it lets students express themselves and teach other students things.

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  • 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

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  • "How about that, Josh; wouldn't you call a bog a swamp, too?" asked

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  • 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.

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  • 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.

    The Old Helmet

  • 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?

    The Glory - The Panda's Thumb

  • 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?

    The Glory - The Panda's Thumb

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  • Gob in reverse.

    November 3, 2007

  • After being sick

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    in green felt-tip on

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    July 1, 2008

  • Citation on tweely.

    June 19, 2009

  • Means "god" in Russian.

    July 13, 2009