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See also: -agog



From Middle English agogge, from Old French en + gogues (in a merry mood). See also Italian agognare (to desire eagerly).


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  • (US) IPA(key): /əˈɡɑɡ/
  • (UK) IPA(key): /əˈɡɒɡ/
  • Rhymes: -ɒɡ


agog (comparative more agog, superlative most agog)

  1. In eager desire, eager, astir.
  2. (chiefly of eyes) Wide open.
    • 1860, John Greenleaf Whittier, “The Two-Headed Snake of Newbury”, in Home Ballads:
      Cotton Mather came galloping down
      All the way to Newbury town,
      With his eyes agog and his ears set wide,
      And his marvellous inkhorn at his side;
    • 1894, Ford Madox Ford, The queen who flew: a fairy tale, page 41:
      . . . and did not move even when the frogs crept out of the water and listened, with their gold-rimmed eyes all agog, and their yellow throats palpitating.
    • 1940, Agatha Christie, Sad Cypress, page 9:
      People leaning forward, their lips parted a little, their eyes agog, staring at her, Elinor, with a horrible ghoulish excitement . . .
    • 1964, Ken Kesey, Sometimes a Great Notion, page 190:
      Joe shook his head in awe, eyes agog and mouth hanging open as mine once must have hung for the tales of the north woods' legendary denizens.




agog (comparative more agog, superlative most agog)

  1. In a state of high anticipation, excitement, or interest.
    • 2000, Charles Baxter, chapter 3, in The Feast of Love, page 29:
      Whenever they managed to steal a peak at what he was doing, the other girls were agog that he loved me so much.