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  4  definitions  found 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Boggle  \Bog"gle\,  v.  t. 
  To  embarrass  with  difficulties;  to  make  a  bungle  or  botch  of 
  [Local,  U.  S.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Bogle  \Bo"gle\,  n.  [Scot.  and  North  Eng.  bogle,  bogill,  bugill 
  specter;  as  a  verb  to  terrify,  fr  W.  bwgwl  threatening, 
  fear,  bwg,  bwgan,  specter,  hobgoblin.  Cf  {Bug}.] 
  A  goblin;  a  specter;  a  frightful  phantom;  a  bogy;  a  bugbear. 
  [Written  also  {boggle}.] 
 
  From  Webster's  Revised  Unabridged  Dictionary  (1913)  [web1913]: 
 
  Boggle  \Bog"gle\,  v.  i.  [imp.  &  p.  p.  {Boggled};  p.  pr  &  vb  n. 
  {Boggling}.]  [  See  {Bogle},  n.] 
  1.  To  stop  or  hesitate  as  if  suddenly  frightened,  or  in 
  doubt,  or  impeded  by  unforeseen  difficulties;  to  take 
  alarm;  to  exhibit  hesitancy  and  indecision. 
 
  We  start  and  boggle  at  every  unusual  appearance. 
  --Glanvill. 
 
  Boggling  at  nothing  which  serveth  their  purpose. 
  --Barrow. 
 
  2.  To  do  anything  awkwardly  or  unskillfully. 
 
  3.  To  play  fast  and  loose;  to  dissemble.  --Howell. 
 
  Syn:  To  doubt;  hesitate;  shrink;  stickle;  demur. 
 
  From  WordNet  r  1.6  [wn]: 
 
  boggle 
  v  1:  startle  with  amazement  or  fear 
  2:  hesitate  when  confronted  with  a  problem,  or  when  in  doubt  or 
  fear 
  3:  overcome  with  amazement;  "This  boggles  the  mind!"  [syn:  {flabbergast}, 
  {bowl  over}] 




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