noun quag·mire \ˈkwag-ˌmī(-ə)r, ˈkwäg-\

: an area of soft, wet ground

: a situation that is hard to deal with or get out of : a situation that is full of problems

Full Definition of QUAGMIRE

:  soft miry land that shakes or yields under the foot
:  a difficult, precarious, or entrapping position :  predicament

Examples of QUAGMIRE

  1. A Girl of the Limberlost is a Cinderella story whose wicked stepmother, in an interesting twist, is the heroine's real mother. She is a crazy person, deranged by grief for a husband who was sucked into a quagmire before her eyes when she was pregnant with Elnora. —Janet Malcolm, New York Review of Books, 15 Jan. 2009

First Known Use of QUAGMIRE

circa 1580

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QUAGMIRE Defined for Kids


noun quag·mire \ˈkwag-ˌmīr\

Definition of QUAGMIRE for Kids

:  soft spongy wet ground that shakes or gives way under the foot
:  a difficult situation <Repairing the old house became a costly quagmire.>


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