quagmire

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A quagmire or swamp in Louisiana, United States

Etymology[edit]

Recorded since 1579, from quag +‎ mire. The sense “perilous, mixed up and troubled situation” has been recorded since 1775.[1]

Alternatively, the word may apparently be a variation of the earlier quakemire, from quake + mire.[2]

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

quagmire (plural quagmires)

  1. A swampy, soggy area of ground.
    That quagmire regularly ‘swallows’ caught-up hikers' boots
    Synonyms: marsh, marshland, mire, quag
  2. (figuratively) A perilous, mixed up and troubled situation; a hopeless tangle; a predicament.
    The paperwork got lost in a quagmire of bureaucracy.
    Those election results are a quagmire for any coalition except one of national union
    • 2019 May 5, Danette Chavez, “Campaigns are waged on and off the Game Of Thrones battlefield (newbies)”, in The A.V. Club[1]:
      I’ve had my doubts about Daenerys’ ability to rule, inspired in part by the quagmire in Meereen. Still, this feels like a precipitous decline. The queen of sobriquets has always been power hungry.

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Verb[edit]

quagmire (third-person singular simple present quagmires, present participle quagmiring, simple past and past participle quagmired)

  1. (transitive) To embroil (a person, etc.) in complexity or difficulty.

References[edit]

  1. ^ quagmire” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020.
  2. ^ quagmire in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911.