Definition of quagmire noun from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary



    BrE BrE//ˈkwæɡmaɪə(r)//
    , also BrE//ˈkwɒɡmaɪə(r)//
    ; NAmE NAmE//ˈkwæɡmaɪər//
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  1. 1an area of soft wet ground synonym bog The heavy rain soon turned the field into a quagmire.
  2. 2a difficult or dangerous situation synonym morass
  3. Word Originlate 16th cent.: from quag ‘marshy or boggy place’ + mire.
See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: quagmire