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[bog-uh l] /ˈbɒg əl/
verb (used with object), boggled, boggling.
1.
to overwhelm or bewilder, as with the magnitude, complexity, or abnormality of:
The speed of light boggles the mind.
2.
to bungle; botch.
verb (used without object), boggled, boggling.
3.
to hesitate or waver because of scruples, fear, etc.
4.
to start or jump with fear, alarm, or surprise; shrink; shy.
5.
to bungle awkwardly.
6.
to be overwhelmed or bewildered.
noun
7.
an act of shying or taking alarm.
8.
a scruple; demur; hesitation.
9.
bungle; botch.
Origin
1590-1600
1590-1600; perhaps from boggle2
Related forms
bogglingly, adverb
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  • The motivation students display after receiving such signifiers of the semester's structure is mind-boggling.
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  • The length of time required for these types of negotiations always seems mind-boggling.
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  • The rapid-fire string of upsets over the weekend was mind-boggling.
  • To see what these people went though is mind-boggling.
  • Not at all coincidentally, billions of dollars also found their way to lawyers who cut themselves in for mind-boggling fees.
  • Managing that process is a mind-boggling exercise in details.
British Dictionary definitions for boggling

boggle

/ˈbɒɡəl/
verb (intransitive) often foll by at
1.
to be surprised, confused, or alarmed (esp in the phrase the mind boggles)
2.
to hesitate or be evasive when confronted with a problem
3.
(transitive) to baffle; bewilder; puzzle
Word Origin
C16: probably variant of bogle1
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Word Origin and History for boggling

boggle

v.

1590s, "to start with fright" (as a startled horse does), from Middle English bugge "specter" (among other things, supposed to scare horses at night); see bug (n.); also cf. bogey (n.1). The meaning "to raise scruples, hesitate" is from 1630s. Related: Boggled; boggling.

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