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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.


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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.