Definitions

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

Etymologies

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)

Examples

  • "Book" is also derived from the Danish word bog, the bark of the beech.

    Forty Centuries of Ink

  • The peat-bog is formed of Juncus effusus with Spagnum rugegense.

    Kahuzi-Biéga National Park, Democratic Republic of Congo

  • The student bog is appropriate because it lets students express themselves and teach other students things.

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  • Ermm I will probably be in a boX when this happens, although bog is probably appropriate for me. on October 19, 2007 at 1: 35 pm | Reply Deborah Parr

    Monday morning, five nineteen. « POLICE INSPECTOR BLOG

  • "How about that, Josh; wouldn't you call a bog a swamp, too?" asked

    The Boy Scouts of Lenox

  • The tops of the downs in Southern England still show the scars where primitive men fought their wars or grew their scanty crops; and in the lowland plains an unusual abundance of trees will show you where once a dense forest grew, or you may infer an impassable bog from a muddy field alongside some meandering brook.

    English Landscape and Personality

  • They say, wherever water is found, some or other species of these minute wonders may be met with; standing pools, and rivers, and ditches all have them; and some particularly beautiful are to be found in bog water; so with, I am afraid you will think, a not very commendable impatience, I am pointing my steps towards a bog that I know – in the wish to get some of the best first.

    The Old Helmet

  • You may get some truly bizarre planetary climate models, involving such things as water soaking up through the ground to keep plants alive let’s see–if there is so much water underground that it soaks UP to the surface, isn’t that what we call a bog?

    The Glory - The Panda's Thumb

  • (tibioastragular) joint with synovia is commonly known as bog spavin.

    Lameness of the Horse Veterinary Practitioners' Series, No. 1

  • Yet for all its glitzy facelift, it is still very much what Alastair Campbell would graciously call a bog-standard comprehensive with just 38% of pupils achieving five GCSEs (including English and maths) at grade C or above.

    The London comprehensive that's schooled Labour's elite

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  • Means "god" in Russian.

    July 13, 2009

  • Citation on tweely.

    June 19, 2009

  • After being sick
    in the bog, he writes,
    in green felt-tip on
    a machine that sells
    contraceptives, quips...

    - Peter Reading, 5x5x5x5x5, 1983

    July 1, 2008

  • Gob in reverse.

    November 3, 2007