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. [1913 Webster]

We start and boggle at every unusual appearance. --Glanvill. [1913 Webster]

Boggling at nothing which serveth their purpose. --Barrow. [1913 Webster]

2. To do anything awkwardly or unskillfully. [1913 Webster]

3. To play fast and loose; to dissemble. --Howell. [1913 Webster]

Syn: To doubt; hesitate; shrink; stickle; demur. [1913 Webster]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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