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Boggle   /bˈɑgəl/   Listen

(past & past part. boggled; pres. part. boggling)
Startle with amazement or fear.
Hesitate when confronted with a problem, or when in doubt or fear.
Overcome with amazement.  Synonyms: bowl over, flabbergast.

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"Boggle" Quotes from Famous Books

... laid; nor can I quite prefigure what destination the genius of William Minor hath to take. Some few hints I have set down, to guide my future observations. He hath the power of calculation in no ordinary degree for a chit. He combineth figures, after the first boggle, rapidly; as in the tricktrack board, where the hits are figured, at first he did not perceive that 15 and 7 made 22; but by a little use he could combine 8 with 25, and 33 again with 16,—which approacheth something in kind (far let me be from flattering him by saying ...
— The Best Letters of Charles Lamb • Charles Lamb

... young ones among the wool, whirling with guttural cawings down a hundred feet descent, on the hard rooty ground floor from which springs pine, oak, or ash, driven out is the life, with a squelsh and a squash, from the worthless carrion. At swimming we should not boggle to back him for the trifle of a cool hundred against the best survivor among those water-serpents, Mr Turner, Dr Bedale, Lieutenant Ekenhead, Lord Byron, Leander, and Ourselves—while, with the steel shiners on his soles, into what a set ...
— Recreations of Christopher North, Volume 2 • John Wilson

... usual, late upon the road, Pick up what Europe saw long since explode. If this you doubt, ask Harvard, she can tell How many fragments there from Deutschland fell; How many mysteries boggle Cambridge men That erst in England boggled Carlyle's pen, And will, no doubt, be mysteries again; And also what great Coleridge left unsung. He, too, saw Germany when ...
— Continental Monthly , Vol I, Issue I, January 1862 - Devoted to Literature and National Policy • Various

Words linked to "Boggle" :   start, waver, surprise, startle, jump, waffle, flabbergast, hesitate

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