a mixture of rum and water, often flavored with lemon, sugar, and spices and sometimes served hot.
any strong alcoholic drink.
fired and crushed clay.

Origin of grog

1760–70; from Old Grog (alluding to his grogram cloak), the nickname of Edward Vernon (died 1757), British admiral, who in 1740 ordered the alcoholic mixture to be served, instead of pure spirits, to sailors. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Related Words for grog

liquor, drink, alcohol, rum

Examples from the Web for grog

Contemporary Examples of grog

  • Herschbach recalls attending one party with a fire blazing in a courtyard and plenty of grog to go round.

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    Samuel P. Jacobs

    December 8, 2009

Historical Examples of grog

  • He then gave us a glass of grog all round, and made his own crew splice the main-brace.

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    James Fenimore Cooper

  • Half of the time I ate no dinner, and when I did, it was almost drowned in grog.

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    James Fenimore Cooper

  • He had a pipe in his mouth, and a glass of grog in his hand.

  • To abide,—sign a lifelong partnership with Grog, and marry Lizzy.

  • The maid was yet knocking for admission when Grog arrived at the door.

British Dictionary definitions for grog



diluted spirit, usually rum, as an alcoholic drink
informal, mainly Australian and NZ alcoholic drink in general, esp spirits

Word Origin for grog

C18: from Old Grog, nickname of Edward Vernon (1684–1757), British admiral, who in 1740 issued naval rum diluted with water; his nickname arose from his grogram cloak
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Word Origin and History for grog

alcoholic drink diluted with water, 1749, supposedly a reference to Old Grog, nickname of Edward Vernon (1684-1757), British admiral who wore a grogram (q.v.) cloak and who in August 1740 ordered his sailors' rum to be diluted. George Washington's older half-brother Lawrence served under Vernon in the Carribean and renamed the family's Hunting Creek Plantation in Virginia for him in 1740, calling it Mount Vernon.

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