[klog, klawg]
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verb (used with object), clogged, clog·ging.
  1. to hinder or obstruct with thick or sticky matter; choke up: to clog a drain.
  2. to crowd excessively, especially so that movement is impeded; overfill: Cars clogged the highway.
  3. to encumber; hamper; hinder.
verb (used without object), clogged, clog·ging.
  1. to become clogged, encumbered, or choked up.
  2. to stick; stick together.
  3. to do a clog dance.
  1. anything that impedes motion or action; an encumbrance; a hindrance.
  2. a shoe or sandal with a thick sole of wood, cork, rubber, or the like.
  3. a similar but lighter shoe worn in the clog dance.
  4. a heavy block, as of wood, fastened to a person or beast to impede movement.
  5. clog dance.
  6. British Dialect. a thick piece of wood.

Origin of clog

1350–1400; Middle English, of uncertain origin
Related formsclog·gi·ly, adverbclog·gi·ness, nounclog·gy, adjectivean·ti·clog·ging, adjectiveo·ver·clog, verb (used with object), o·ver·clogged, o·ver·clog·ging.

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Historical Examples of clog

  • He dragged off the trap and its clog, and went clanking up the mountain.

    The Biography of a Grizzly

    Ernest Seton-Thompson

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

    Love and Lucy

    Maurice Henry Hewlett

  • Then there was the clog of his body, another separate thing.

    The Prussian Officer

    D. H. Lawrence

  • Without such a box, the sediment will be carried into and may clog the drain.

    Handwork in Wood

    William Noyes

  • He'll haul the clog along, but he won't get many miles with it.

    Ben Comee

    M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan

British Dictionary definitions for clog


verb clogs, clogging or clogged
  1. to obstruct or become obstructed with thick or sticky matter
  2. (tr) to encumber; hinder; impede
  3. (tr) to fasten a clog or impediment to (an animal, such as a horse)
  4. (intr) to adhere or stick in a mass
  5. slang (in soccer) to foul (an opponent)
    1. any of various wooden or wooden-soled shoes
    2. (as modifier)clog dance
  1. a heavy block, esp of wood, fastened to the leg of a person or animal to impede motion
  2. something that impedes motion or action; hindrance
  3. pop one's clogs slang to die
Derived Formscloggy, adjectiveclogginess, noun

Word Origin for clog

C14 (in the sense: block of wood): of unknown origin


verb clogs, clogging or clogged
  1. 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 Formsclogging, noun

Word Origin for clog

C21: c(amera) + log
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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