Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To hesitate as if in fear or doubt.
  • intransitive v. 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).
  • intransitive v. To act ineptly or inefficiently; bungle.
  • transitive v. To cause to be overcome, as with fright or astonishment.
  • transitive v. To botch; bungle.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. To be bewildered, dumbfounded, or confused.
  • v. To confuse or mystify; overwhelm.
  • v. To embarrass with difficulties; to bungle or botch.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To stop or hesitate as if suddenly frightened, or in doubt, or impeded by unforeseen difficulties; to take alarm; to exhibit hesitancy and indecision.
  • intransitive v. To do anything awkwardly or unskillfully.
  • intransitive v. To play fast and loose; to dissemble.
  • transitive v. To embarrass with difficulties; to make a bungle or botch of.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To take alarm; start with fright; shy, as a horse.
  • To hesitate; stop, as if afraid to proceed, or as if impeded by unforeseen difficulties; waver; shrink.
  • To play fast and loose; dissemble; quibble; equivocate.
  • To bungle; be awkward; make clumsy attempts.
  • n. A dialectal form of bogle.
  • n. The act of shying or taking alarm.
  • n. Objection; scruple; demur.
  • n. A bungle; a botch.
  • n. A pitcher or jug wrought in the figure of a man, not unlike a toby or toby-pitcher.

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

  • v. overcome with amazement
  • v. startle with amazement or fear
  • v. hesitate when confronted with a problem, or when in doubt or fear

Etymologies

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

Probably from boggle, dialectal variant of bogle.

Examples

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  • 5. A pitcher or jug wrought in the figure of a man, not unlike a toby or toby-pitcher. --CD&C

    November 28, 2011

  • He sung the same songs repeatedly one after another every day; so that when, after saying ten or twelve lines after him for three months together, I got to boggle through them without missing, the whole family were in raptures at my memory.

    - Lesage, The Adventures of Gil Blas of Santillane, tr. Smollett, bk 1 ch. 5

    September 12, 2008

  • Perpetually boggled by the number of social networking sites online...

    January 22, 2008

  • "I'm the king of Boggle there is none higher, I get 11 points off the word quagmire!"

    - Beastie Boys, "Putting Shame In Your Game," off Hello Nasty

    January 22, 2008

  • ...when your unexampled vigilance and exalted virtue made potions, and rapes, and the utmost violences, necessary to the attainment of his detestable end, we see that he never boggled at them.

    Anna Howe to Clarissa Harlowe, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    January 4, 2008

  • As in "The mind boggles!".

    February 7, 2007