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Definition of boggle verb from the Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary

 

boggle

 verb
verb
BrE BrE//ˈbɒɡl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːɡl//
 
Verb Forms present simple I / you / we / they boggle
BrE BrE//ˈbɒɡl//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːɡl//
 
he / she / it boggles
BrE BrE//ˈbɒɡlz//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːɡlz//
 
past simple boggled
BrE BrE//ˈbɒɡld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːɡld//
 
past participle boggled
BrE BrE//ˈbɒɡld//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːɡld//
 
-ing form boggling
BrE BrE//ˈbɒɡlɪŋ//
 
; NAmE NAmE//ˈbɑːɡlɪŋ//
 
Surprise
 
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  • [intransitive] boggle (at something) (informal) to be slow to do or accept something because you are surprised or shocked by it Even I boggle at the idea of spending so much money. See related entries: Surprise
  • Word Origin late 16th cent.: probably of dialect origin and related to bogle, a phantom or goblin and bogey ‘thing that causes fear’.Idioms
    something boggles the mind (also the mind boggles)
     
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    (informal) if something boggles the mind or the mind boggles at it, it is so unusual that people find it hard to imagine or accept The vastness of space really boggles the mind. ‘He says he's married to his cats!’ ‘The mind boggles!’ compare mind-boggling See related entries: Surprise
    See the Oxford Advanced American Dictionary entry: boggle