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Definition of "bog" [bog]

  • 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. (noun)
  • Any of certain other wetland areas, such as a fen, having a peat substrate. Also called peat bog. (noun)
  • An area of soft, naturally waterlogged ground. (noun)
  • 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. (verb-transitive)
  • To be hindered and slowed. (verb-intransitive)

American Heritage(R) Dictionary of the English Language, Fifth Edition. Copyright (c) 2011 by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. Published by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt Publishing Company. All rights reserved.

Use "bog" in a sentence
  • ""Book" is also derived from the Danish word bog, the bark of the beech."
  • "The peat-bog is formed of Juncus effusus with Spagnum rugegense."
  • "The student bog is appropriate because it lets students express themselves and teach other students things."