croggle v.

to astonish, bewilder, baffle


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  • 1954 D. A. Grennell Bleen (#3) Oct. 6 page image

    Masque (Rotsler) Possibly the funniest this in this mailing—to me, anyway—was this one little item on your cover: ‘A hollow-point H-Bomb.’ That really croggled me! [Ibid. 9] I croggled at the thought of feeding hb to Willis... and I see that Tucker sent you that Rotsler illo but you didn’t see fit to use the caption provided. Ahwell.

  • 1959 R. Eney Fancyclopedia II 38 Dick Eney bibliography

    Croggle…roughly meaning shocked into momentary physical or mental paralysis; a portmanteau-word, apparently, combining ‘crushed’ and ‘goggled’, and usually passive or reflexive in application.

  • 1988 M. Bishop Unicorn Mountain (1989) xxxii. 379 Michael Bishop bibliography

    Carrie Plourde’s response…croggled Libby.

  • 1988 S. McCrumb Bimbos of Death Sun iii. 25 Sharyn McCrumb bibliography

    Hope you’re no longer croggled by all the mundanes in 'Frisco.

  • 1992 W. Tucker in H. Warner Wealth of Fable Introd. p. x, Harry Warner, Jr.

    And yes, he is still publishing that fanzine. Horizons is now up to its two hundred and fifth issue, a remarkable record since 1939. And he still sees himself as a miserable second-rate Lovecraft. He said so on the phone when I called him again. Sometimes Harry croggles me.

Research requirements

antedating 1954

Earliest cite

D.A. Grennell

Research History
Leah Zeldes submitted a 1959 cite from Fancyclopedia II.
Fred Galvin submitted a 1992 cite from Wilson Tucker's introduction to Harry Warner's 1992 "A Wealth of Fable".
Malcolm Farmer submitted a 2000 cite from Bruce Schneier's "Secrets and Lies".
Ben Ostrowsky submitted a 1954 cite from D.A. Grennell, following a lead from Fancyclopedia II.

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