boggy

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Etymology[edit]

From bog +‎ -y.

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boggy (comparative boggier, superlative boggiest)

  1. Having the qualities of a bog; i.e. dank, squishy, muddy, and full of water and rotting vegetation.
    Synonyms: marshy, swampy; see also Thesaurus:marshy
    The edge of the woods led out onto a noisome, boggy fen, a paradise for mosquitos and small frogs.
    • 1860, Oliver Wendell Holmes, The professor at the breakfast-table: with the story of Iris
      Offer a bulky and boggy bun to the suspected individual just ten minutes before dinner. If this is eagerly accepted and devoured, the fact of youth is established.
    • 1924, Herman Melville, Billy Budd, London: Constable & Co., Chapter 4, [1]
      But the might-have-been is but boggy ground to build on.
    • 2021 November 3, Paul Stephen, “As far north as you can go... to Thurso”, in RAIL, number 943, page 49:
      As well as being a magnet for wildlife, Flow Country is also special for its valuable role in mitigating climate change, as the boggy ground provides a huge natural sink for carbon dioxide.

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