boggle

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boggle (third-person singular simple present boggles, present participle boggling, simple past and past participle boggled)

  1. (intransitive) To be bewildered, dumbfounded, or confused.
    He boggled at the surprising news.
    The mind boggles.
    • Barrow
      Boggling at nothing which serveth their purpose.
    • Glanvill
      We start and boggle at every unusual appearance.
  2. (transitive) 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.
  3. (US, dialect) To embarrass with difficulties; to bungle or botch.
  4. (intransitive, obsolete) To play fast and loose; to dissemble.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Howell to this entry?)

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