English - Etymology
Recorded since 1579, from two virtual synonyms: obsolete quag (“bog, marsh”) (a variant of Middle English quabbe (“a marsh, bog”), from Old English *cwabba (“shake, tremble like something soft and flabby”); cognate with Dutch kwab) + mire (from Middle English, from Old Norse mýrr, akin to Old English mōs (“marsh”) and English moss). The sense "difficult situation, inextricable position" is recorded since 1775.
English - Pronunciation
English - Noun
- A swampy, soggy area of ground.
- (figuratively) A perilous, mixed up and troubled situation; a hopeless tangle; a predicament.
English - References
- ^ “quagmire” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary (2001).
- ^ quagmire in The Century Dictionary, The Century Co., New York, 1911