Definitions

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

  • adjective Resembling a marsh; soggy.
  • adjective Soft and flabby.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • Yielding to the feet or trembling under the foot, as soft wet earth; boggy; spongy.

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

  • adjective Of the nature of a quagmire; yielding or trembling under the foot, as soft, wet earth; spongy; boggy.

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

  • adjective Resembling a quagmire; marshy, miry.
  • adjective Soft or flabby (of a person etc.).

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

  • adjective (of soil) soft and watery

Etymologies

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From quag +‎ -y.

Examples

  • And I love finding new ones, like the one I discovered last week via Wordsmith: quaggy (KWAG-ee) adjective Marshy; flabby; spongy.

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  • Allfou and the rest of incurables and the last of immurables, the quaggy waag for stumbling.

    Finnegans Wake

  • For dinner they each ate a carton of tepid rice and quaggy vegetables.

    Heaven Lake

  • We bore to the south down a descent, and came to some moory, quaggy ground intersected with water-courses.

    Wild Wales : Its People, Language and Scenery

  • For dinner they each ate a carton of tepid rice and quaggy vegetables.

    Heaven Lake

  • For dinner they each ate a carton of tepid rice and quaggy vegetables.

    Heaven Lake

  • She listened to the sermon as from a warm nest safely raised above the quaggy ground of personal feeling.

    Red Pottage

  • For dinner they each ate a carton of tepid rice and quaggy vegetables.

    Heaven Lake

  • The path itself, or rather the portion of more solid ground on which the travellers half walked, half waded, was rough, broken, and in many places quaggy and unsound.

    Waverley

  • For dinner they each ate a carton of tepid rice and quaggy vegetables.

    Heaven Lake

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  • Behold her then, spreading the whole troubled bed with her huge quaggy carcase...

    Belford to Lovelace, Clarissa by Samuel Richardson

    January 1, 2008

  • Presumably related to quagmire?

    June 3, 2009

  • yes. OE says 1579, from obsolete quag "bog, marsh" + mire

    June 3, 2009