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verb (used with object), slogged, slog·ging.
  1. to hit hard, as in boxing or cricket; slug.
  2. to drive with blows.
verb (used without object), slogged, slog·ging.
  1. to deal heavy blows.
  2. to walk or plod heavily.
  3. to toil.
noun
  1. a long, tiring walk or march.
  2. long, laborious work.
  3. a heavy blow.

Origin of slog

First recorded in 1850–55; variant of slug2
Related formsslog·ger, noun
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Examples from the Web for slog

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Historical Examples

  • It has become a question of who can slog longest and hardest.

  • He could manage the break, but this full pitch made him slog wildly.

    Poor Relations

    Compton Mackenzie

  • Masters and men used to stand up foot to foot like Smithfield Butchers and slog till neither of them could stand.

  • These fellows were all in splendid condition, and it was a treat to slog along and watch them.

    John Brown

    Captain R. W. Campbell

  • Still Captain Culler broke a window in the Kildare street club with a slog to square leg.

    Ulysses

    James Joyce


British Dictionary definitions for slog

slog

verb slogs, slogging or slogged
  1. to hit with heavy blows, as in boxing
  2. (intr) to work hard; toil
  3. (intr; foll by down, up, along, etc) to move with difficulty; plod
  4. cricket to score freely by taking large swipes at the ball
noun
  1. a tiring hike or walk
  2. long exhausting work
  3. a heavy blow or swipe
Derived Formsslogger, noun

Word Origin

C19: of unknown origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition © William Collins Sons & Co. Ltd. 1979, 1986 © HarperCollins Publishers 1998, 2000, 2003, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012

Word Origin and History for slog

v.

1824, "hit hard," probably a variant of slug (v.3) "to strike." Sense of "walk doggedly" first recorded 1872. Related: Slogged; slogger; slogging.

n.

1846, "a hard hit," from slog (v.). Sense of "spell of hard work" is from 1888.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

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