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[klog, klawg] /klɒg, klɔg/
verb (used with object), clogged, clogging.
to hinder or obstruct with thick or sticky matter; choke up:
to clog a drain.
to crowd excessively, especially so that movement is impeded; overfill:
Cars clogged the highway.
to encumber; hamper; hinder.
verb (used without object), clogged, clogging.
to become clogged, encumbered, or choked up.
to stick; stick together.
to do a clog dance.
anything that impedes motion or action; an encumbrance; a hindrance.
a shoe or sandal with a thick sole of wood, cork, rubber, or the like.
a similar but lighter shoe worn in the clog dance.
a heavy block, as of wood, fastened to a person or beast to impede movement.
British Dialect. a thick piece of wood.
Origin of clog
1350-1400; Middle English, of uncertain origin
Related forms
cloggily, adverb
clogginess, noun
cloggy, adjective
anticlogging, adjective
overclog, verb (used with object), overclogged, overclogging.
3. impede, trammel, fetter. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for clog
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  • The erudition is borne with ease; it does not clog or overload the poet's impulse.

    Renaissance in Italy, Volume 2 (of 7) John Addington Symonds
  • Bring me that log over there, and I'll fasten it to the chain for a clog.

    Ben Comee M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan
  • Some advise hitching to a clog, but I generally use a stake, and seldom, ever lose a mink by footing.

    Mink Trapping A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding
  • They feel as though a burden were lifted off them, a clog removed.

  • Do you mean to say that my father has told you that he intends to clog his legacy with the burden of a wife?

    Mr. Scarborough's Family Anthony Trollope
  • She threw down the clog, lifted one finger, and said “Pitty!”

    A Pair of Clogs Amy Walton
  • But why record the feeble disjointed efforts of a soul struggling with her clog of earth?

    Discipline Mary Brunton
  • It seemed to clog the ears, and made breathing a deeper exercise.

    Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett
  • "The clog's got fast among the rocks in there, and he's held as tight as can be; that's what's the matter," Steve sang out.

British Dictionary definitions for clog


verb clogs, clogging, clogged
to obstruct or become obstructed with thick or sticky matter
(transitive) to encumber; hinder; impede
(transitive) to fasten a clog or impediment to (an animal, such as a horse)
(intransitive) to adhere or stick in a mass
(slang) (in soccer) to foul (an opponent)
  1. any of various wooden or wooden-soled shoes
  2. (as modifier): clog dance
a heavy block, esp of wood, fastened to the leg of a person or animal to impede motion
something that impedes motion or action; hindrance
(slang) pop one's clogs, to die
Derived Forms
cloggy, adjective
clogginess, noun
Word Origin
C14 (in the sense: block of wood): of unknown origin


verb clogs, clogging, clogged
to use a photo-enabled mobile phone to take a photograph of (someone) and send it to a website without his or her knowledge or consent
Derived Forms
clogging, noun
Word Origin
C21: c(amera) + log
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for clog

early 14c., clogge "a lump of wood," origin unknown. Also used in Middle English of large pieces of jewelry and large testicles. Cf. Norwegian klugu "knotty log of wood." Meaning "anything that impedes action" is from 1520s. The sense of "wooden-soled shoe" is first recorded late 14c.; they were used as overshoes until the introduction of rubbers c.1840. Originally all wood (hence the name), later wooden soles with leather uppers for the front of the foot only. Later revived in fashion (c.1970), primarily for women. Clog-dancing is attested from 1863.


late 14c., "hinder," originally by fastening a block of wood to something, from clog (n.). Meaning "choke up with extraneous matter" is 17c. Related: Clogged; clogging.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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