from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • adj. Resembling a marsh; soggy.
  • adj. Soft and flabby.

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  • adj. Resembling a quagmire; marshy, miry.
  • adj. Soft or flabby (of a person etc.).

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Of the nature of a quagmire; yielding or trembling under the foot, as soft, wet earth; spongy; boggy.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Yielding to the feet or trembling under the foot, as soft wet earth; boggy; spongy.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • adj. (of soil) soft and watery


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From quag +‎ -y.


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  • The path itself, or rather the portion of more solid ground on which the travellers half walked, half waded, was rough, broken, and in many places quaggy and unsound.


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  • We bore to the south down a descent, and came to some moory, quaggy ground intersected with water-courses.

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  • For dinner they each ate a carton of tepid rice and quaggy vegetables.

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  • They must honor that pact, he told her, they must honor it even if it was frustrating, unnecessary, or outright senseless to honor it, because not to honor it would create more quaggy willy-nilliness in the world.

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  • I cautiously approached its quaggy edges, when I was shocked by what appeared to be a sudden vision!

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  • Heaven! was not deep enough to have drowned any one; there were no signs of a struggle on its quaggy edges.

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  • yes. OE says 1579, from obsolete quag "bog, marsh" + mire

    June 3, 2009

  • Presumably related to quagmire?

    June 3, 2009

  • Behold her then, spreading the whole troubled bed with her huge quaggy carcase...

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    January 1, 2008