intransitive verb-·gled, -·gling
- to be startled or frightened (at); shy away
- to hesitate (at); have scruples
- to be or become confused or overwhelmed as by something very difficult, surprising, vast, etc.
Origin of bogglefrom Scottish bogle, specter; probably from Middle English bugge, specter (as in bugbear); now associated, association with bungle
- to bungle or botch
- to confuse or overwhelm (the mind, imagination, etc.)
verbbog·gled, bog·gling, bog·gles
- To hesitate as if in fear or doubt.
- 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 )
- To act ineptly or inefficiently; bungle.
- To cause to be overcome, as with fright or astonishment.
- To botch; bungle.
Origin of boggleProbably from boggle dialectal variant of bogle
(third-person singular simple present boggles, present participle boggling, simple past and past participle boggled)
- (intransitive) To be bewildered, dumbfounded, or confused.
- He boggled at the surprising news.
- The mind boggles.
- To confuse or mystify; overwhelm.
- The vastness of space really boggles the mind.
- The oddities of quantum mechanics can boggle the minds of students and experienced physicists alike.
- (US, dialect) To embarrass with difficulties; to bungle or botch.