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[bog, bawg] /bɒg, bɔg/
wet, spongy ground with soil composed mainly of decayed vegetable matter.
an area or stretch of such ground.
verb (used with or without object), bogged, bogging.
to sink in or as if in a bog (often followed by down):
We were bogged down by overwork.
Verb phrases
bog in, Australian Slang. to eat heartily and ravenously.
Origin of bog1
1495-1505; < Irish or Scots Gaelic bogach soft ground (bog soft + -ach noun suffix); (def 4) perhaps a different word
Related forms
boggish, adjective Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for bogged
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  • But the paths were too narrow and their columns were bogged in the mud.

    The Ancient Allan H. Rider Haggard
  • Will it see me safe through my journey, or leave me bogged in the mire?

    Pipe and Pouch Various
  • Why, it is all firm about here, and nobody could be bogged unless he got into a hole.

    Dick o' the Fens George Manville Fenn
  • You're part human, anyhow, if you did get all bogged up in matrimony.

    Roads of Destiny O. Henry
  • On reaching the sandhills below where Landa was bogged, I passed some blacks on a flat collecting nardoo seed.

British Dictionary definitions for bogged


wet spongy ground consisting of decomposing vegetation, which ultimately forms peat
an area of such ground
a place or thing that prevents or slows progress or improvement
a slang word for lavatory (sense 1)
(Austral, slang) the act or an instance of defecating
See also bog down, bog in, bog off
Derived Forms
boggy, adjective
bogginess, noun
Word Origin
C13: from Gaelic bogach swamp, from bog soft
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Word Origin and History for bogged



c.1500, from Gaelic and Irish bogach "bog," from adjective bog "soft, moist," from PIE *bhugh-, from root *bheugh- "to bend" (see bow (v.)). Bog-trotter applied to the wild Irish from 1670s.


"to sink (something or someone) in a bog," c.1600, from bog (n.). Intransitive use from c.1800. Related: Bogged; bogging.

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bogged in Science
An area of wet, spongy ground consisting mainly of decayed or decaying peat moss (sphagnum) and other vegetation. Bogs form as the dead vegetation sinks to the bottom of a lake or pond, where it decays slowly to form peat. Peat bogs are important to global ecology, since the undecayed peat moss stores large amounts of carbon that would otherwise be released back into the atmosphere. Global warming may accelerate decay in peat bogs and release more carbon dioxide, which in turn may cause further warming.
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Related Abbreviations for bogged


El Dorado International Airport (Bogotá, Colombia)
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