from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition
- n. An area having a wet, spongy, acidic substrate composed chiefly of sphagnum moss and peat in which characteristic shrubs and herbs and sometimes trees usually grow.
- n. Any of certain other wetland areas, such as a fen, having a peat substrate. Also called peat bog.
- n. An area of soft, naturally waterlogged ground.
- transitive v. To cause to sink in or as if in a bog: We worried that the heavy rain across the prairie would soon bog our car. Don't bog me down in this mass of detail.
- intransitive v. To be hindered and slowed.
from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. An expanse of marshland.
- n. A toilet.
- v. To become (figuratively or literally) mired or stuck.
- v. To make a mess of something.
- v. To go away.
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. A quagmire filled with decayed moss and other vegetable matter; wet spongy ground where a heavy body is apt to sink; a marsh; a morass.
- n. A little elevated spot or clump of earth, roots, and grass, in a marsh or swamp.
- transitive v. To sink, as into a bog; to submerge in a bog; to cause to sink and stick, as in mud and mire.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. Wet, soft, and spongy ground, where the soil is composed mainly of decayed and decaying vegetable matter; a quagmire covered with grass or other plants; a piece of mossy or peaty ground; a moss.
- n. A little elevated piece of earth in a marsh or swamp, filled with roots and grass.
- To sink or submerge in a bog, or in mud and mire: used chiefly in the passive, to be bogged.
- To sink or stick in a bog; hence, to flounder among obstacles; be stopped.
- n. A specter; a bugbear.
- Bold; sturdy; self-sufficient; petulant; saucy.
- n. Brag; boastfulness.
- To boast.
- To provoke.
- To ease the body by stool.
from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.
- v. get stuck while doing something
- n. wet spongy ground of decomposing vegetation; has poorer drainage than a swamp; soil is unfit for cultivation but can be cut and dried and used for fuel
- v. cause to slow down or get stuck
Irish Gaelic bogach, from bog, soft; see bheug- in Indo-European roots.(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Irish and Scottish Gaelic bogach ("soft, boggy ground"), from bog ("soft") (Wiktionary)
by shortening and euphemistic alteration from bugger (Wiktionary)