Definition of quag in US English:



  • A marshy or boggy place.

    • ‘The only good thing about your garden becoming a quag is that the weeds pull up really easily.’
    • ‘The entire region plunged into deep chaos and a nation was caught up in a deep quag, that it is still finding itself difficult to extricate from.’
    • ‘The quags are usually very quiet with only the odd walker or birder to be seen and seem far removed from the busy spots further along the coast at Cley and Salthouse.’
    • ‘Both tires have deep, conical lugs that grip like a colony of leeches but are spaced well-enough apart to shed even the most adhesive quag with ease.’
    swamp, morass, bog, peat bog, marsh, mire, marshland, fen, slough, quicksand
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Late 16th century: related to dialect quag ‘shake, quiver’; probably symbolic, the qu- suggesting movement (as in quake and quick).