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[waw-ter-lawgd, -logd, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌlɔgd, -ˌlɒgd, ˈwɒt ər-/
so filled or flooded with water as to be heavy or unmanageable, as a ship.
excessively saturated with or as if with water:
waterlogged ground; waterlogged with fatigue.
Origin of waterlogged
1760-70; water + log1 (apparently in v. sense “(of water) to accumulate in a ship”) + -ed2


[waw-ter-lawg, -log, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌlɔg, -ˌlɒg, ˈwɒt ər-/
verb (used with object), waterlogged, waterlogging.
to cause (a boat, ship, etc.) to become uncontrollable as a result of flooding.
to soak, fill, or saturate with water so as to make soggy or useless.
verb (used without object), waterlogged, waterlogging.
to become saturated with water.
First recorded in 1770-80; apparently back formation from waterlogged Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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  • Soon its pretty leaves were waterlogged, and it sank down to bed with the grassy rottenness beside the whitish grasses.

    The Judge Rebecca West
  • She rose up in that waterlogged cart like a Statue of Liberty.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • To-day it is the wreckage of a log roof, waterlogged in a boundless tawny sea of craters.

    Letters from France C. E. W. Bean
  • It was the old front line, now waterlogged and quite untenable.

    Q.6.a and Other places Francis Buckley
  • She does not roll as though she was waterlogged in any degree.

    Ruth Fielding Homeward Bound Alice B. Emerson
  • For many weeks only trench fighting has been possible owing to the climatic conditions and waterlogged state of the ground.

  • But now he saw that what he had mistaken for a waterlogged sunken hulk was indeed an under-sea boat, a submarine and a big one.

    The Radio Detectives A. Hyatt Verrill
  • Of the "Duke of Northumberland," they only knew a troopship of the name, and even that had been waterlogged!

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for waterlogged


saturated with water
(of a vessel still afloat) having taken in so much water as to be unmanageable
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for waterlogged



1779, from water (n.1) + log (n.); the notion is of "reduce to a log-like condition."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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