Definition of bog in US English:



  • 1Wet muddy ground too soft to support a heavy body.

    ‘a peat bog’
    figurative ‘a bog of legal complications’
    ‘the island is a wilderness of bog’
    • ‘In 1996 the Air Force's 75th anniversary show was cancelled because cyclonic rains turned parking areas into bogs.’
    • ‘Even just a little rain will turn this poorly drained ground into a bog.’
    • ‘The shortage of rifles necessitated that the manual of arms be practiced in shifts, and six hours of daily drill in the melting snow turned the camp grounds into a bog.’
    • ‘Blanket bogs also cover huge areas in cold, wet temperate zones such as northern Scotland, coastal areas of Norway, and the tip of South America.’
    • ‘Swamps, bogs, and lowland areas in general are wonderful places to explore once the water has frozen and a good base of snow covers the ground.’
    • ‘Rare wetland plants growing in the path of the £47.9 million three-mile road, which is due to be completed by autumn, were transported to other areas of the bog before work began.’
    • ‘Lectures this year focus on stem cell research, homeopathy, wildlife in Australia, bodies found preserved in bogs and astronomy.’
    • ‘Ambitious schemes are also in the pipeline to replant some of the park's lost woodlands and also to restore large areas of grasslands, bogs and moorland.’
    • ‘Help to open up an area of peat bog by cutting and burning small trees at Cumbria Wildlife Trust's Foulshaw Moss, near Witherslack, on Saturday.’
    • ‘The main reason for the haste was the weather which could have broken at any time bringing all haulage work on the soft bog to an end.’
    • ‘The fine weather of August has brought (albeit a little later than usual) an influx of people from all areas to the bog.’
    • ‘This is particularly relevant to the placement of bodies in bogs or in settlements.’
    • ‘The bog road was too soft for his heavy horse and cart to traverse, so he had to condescend to ask his two neighbours to put out and take home the turf with their donkeys and creels.’
    • ‘I hope Shell will use some of their expertise when they are removing the peat from the bog at Bellanaboy.’
    • ‘Soggy areas called peat bogs have developed in parts of the country.’
    • ‘Two counselors were walking back to camp from a cookout with their cabin through a bog area with open spans of water.’
    • ‘The disused railway line makes the bog and surrounding areas easily accessible from both ends.’
    • ‘Agricultural land and settlements cover a higher proportion of the land than in the northern study area, but open bogs are less common.’
    • ‘Though successful, the area was reduced to a muddy bog.’
    • ‘Because of the many small, semi-open bogs and areas of saplings, the forests are highly fragmented.’
    marsh, marshland, swamp, swampland, sump, mire, quagmire, quag, morass, slough, fen, fenland, wetland, carr
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    1. 1.1Ecology Wetland with acid peaty soil, typically dominated by peat moss.
      Compare with fen
      • ‘A showy grass known as foxtail barley was common along the highway, while here and there we saw bogs dominated by black spruce and larch.’
      • ‘Peat-free products are those which are not sourced from the natural peat bogs and peatlands.’
      • ‘They typically nest in sedge meadows, muskeg bogs, or coastal wetlands.’
      • ‘The terrain here is flat, and the poor drainage encourages the creation of wetlands and bogs.’
      • ‘Walk through the mountains, bogs, and coastal islands of Ireland's picturesque West Country.’
      marsh, marshland, swamp, swampland, sump, mire, quagmire, quag, morass, slough, fen, fenland, wetland, carr
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  • 2usually the bogBritish informal A bathroom.

    lavatory, wc, water closet, convenience, public convenience, facilities, urinal, privy, latrine, outhouse, earth closet, jakes
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[with object]usually be bogged down
  • 1Cause (a vehicle, person, or animal) to become stuck in mud or wet ground.

    ‘the car became bogged down on the beach road’
    • ‘Originally there had been fifty of these machines but these thirty ton machines could not cope with the harsh lunar landscape of the churned up ground and fourteen had broken down or got bogged down.’
    • ‘The seven-year-old, who won the Novices' Chase at Sandown in December, was bogged down in mud last time.’
    • ‘They unfortunately entered harsh and rugged Kurdistan just as winter was setting in, they tried to cross the mountains before the snows made them impassable but got bogged down halfway across.’
    • ‘The potential danger he faced was highlighted last night as police said an unnamed British tourist died after his car got bogged down in loose sand in Western Australia's Great Sandy Desert.’
    • ‘He showed signs of ability at Ascot 11 days ago, but got bogged down in the heavy ground.’
    1. 1.1be bogged down (of a person or process) be unable to make progress.
      ‘you must not get bogged down in detail’
      • ‘For the moment, the project is bogged down in bureaucracy and can't get off the ground because of government inaction.’
      • ‘At this stage we do not need to get bogged down in well-rehearsed arguments about the extent to which people are really free.’
      • ‘This has all the hallmarks of a Spielberg classic - it does not get bogged down in politics, science and strategy, but concentrates on big emotion and intimate drama with a well-written script.’
      • ‘The novel picks up momentum and becomes more affecting as it moves forward, leaving behind the early chapters that sometimes get bogged down with the family's past.’
      • ‘In five months from January to May, 1944, the Allied troops were bogged down in a street-by-street battle.’
      • ‘Scotland on Sunday revealed 18 months ago that a previous project had to be scrapped after getting bogged down in funding delays.’
      • ‘All right, I don't want to get bogged down in all that.’
      • ‘The whole film is light and delicate, but is bogged down by its budget constraints and a script laden with endless dialogue and first-person narration.’
      • ‘It has spared me of the kind of emotional and financial responsibilities that make one get bogged down with family life.’
      • ‘Yet it is the absence of concrete, compelling details that allows these poems to get bogged down in their juvenile fascination with the verbal act as such.’
      • ‘Two attempts to move back to Chile were bogged down by unresolved custody issues over Matias.’
      • ‘Italian football can get bogged down in tactics.’
      • ‘We credit your spontaneous side; you tend to live in the moment, and you don't get bogged down by inhibitions like most women your age.’
      • ‘All its talk of expansion will inevitably be bogged down in bureaucratic delay, and the building will itself cause disruption.’
      • ‘Both these projects have been bogged down by constant delays.’
      • ‘You don't want to try to change too much and get bogged down in detail.’
      • ‘Time and time again they were bogged down by wasted opportunities.’
      • ‘Breen sticks closely to the politics, avoiding getting bogged down in the quagmire of personal detail.’
      • ‘I've sort of promised myself that I'll have it finished by the end of the week and, unless I get bogged down in something that needs a bit of research, I reckon one more day will see the end of it.’
      • ‘It is bogged down in a ground war it did not expect and does not have sufficient troops easily to deal with, and which is paralysing its capacity to act elsewhere.’
      mire, stick, trap, entangle, ensnare, embroil, encumber, catch up
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Middle English: from Irish or Scottish Gaelic bogach, from bog ‘soft’.