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Dictionary Definition

quagmire n : a soft wet area of low-lying land that sinks underfoot [syn: mire, quag, morass]

User Contributed Dictionary



  • a UK /ˈkwɒg.maɪə(ɹ)/ /"kwQg.maI@(r)/


  1. A swampy, soggy area of ground.
  2. A mixed up and troubled situation; a hopeless tangle; a predicament.
    The paperwork got lost in a quagmire of bureaucracy.
    The invasion of the country went smoothly, but the subsequent occupation became a quagmire.



swampy, soggy area
a mixed up and troubled situation
  • Danish: dynd , hængedynd
  • Finnish: hetteikkö, sokkelo, umpisolmu
  • Greek: τέλμα
  • Japanese: 苦境, 窮地
  • Norwegian: hengemyr, kvikksand
  • Russian: трясина, болото

Extensive Definition

Quagmire may refer to any of the following:

Fictional Characters

TV series and episodes

  • "Quagmire" (The X-Files), the 22nd episode in the 3rd season of the television drama, The X-Files
  • "Quagmire", the English title of the 12th episode in anime series Elfen Lied

Computer games

  • Quagmire, a level in the game "Banjo Tooie", sequel to the game "Banjo Kazooie"
  • Quagmire, a fictitious place in the game World of Warcraft, located in the zone Dustwallow Marsh

Other meanings

  • Joshua Quagmire (or JQ), an American cartoonist, best known for Cutey Bunny
  • Quagmire, the setting for Ben Dunn's Ninja High School comics, and the title of two mini-series spun off from them
  • Quagmire, a black enchantment from the card game Magic: The Gathering that allows creatures with the swampwalk ability to be blocked as though they did not have swampwalk

Synonyms, Antonyms and Related Words

baygall, bind, bog, bottom, bottomland, bottoms, box, buffalo wallow, cesspool, cloaca, cloaca maxima, clutch, complication, corner, crunch, dilemma, drain, dump, embarrassing position, embarrassment, everglade, fen, fenland, fine how-do-you-do, fix, garbage dump, glade, hell to pay, hobble, hog wallow, hole, holm, hot water, how-do-you-do, imbroglio, jam, marais, marish, marsh, marshland, meadow, mere, mess, mire, mix, moor, moorland, morass, moss, mud, mud flat, parlous straits, pass, peat bog, pickle, pinch, plight, predicament, pretty pass, pretty pickle, pretty predicament, quag, quicksand, salt marsh, scrape, septic tank, sewer, sink, slob land, slough, sough, spot, squeeze, stew, sticky wicket, strait, straits, sump, swale, swamp, swampland, taiga, tight spot, tight squeeze, tightrope, tricky spot, unholy mess, wallow, wash
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