verb (used with object), slogged, slog·ging.

to hit hard, as in boxing or cricket; slug.
to drive with blows.

verb (used without object), slogged, slog·ging.


Origin of slog

First recorded in 1850–55; variant of slug2
Related formsslog·ger, noun Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for slog

Contemporary Examples of slog

Historical Examples of slog

  • 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.

    A Case in Camera

    Oliver Onions

  • 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.


    James Joyce

British Dictionary definitions for slog


verb slogs, slogging or slogged

to hit with heavy blows, as in boxing
(intr) to work hard; toil
(intr; foll by down, up, along, etc) to move with difficulty; plod
cricket to score freely by taking large swipes at the ball


a tiring hike or walk
long exhausting work
a heavy blow or swipe
Derived Formsslogger, noun

Word Origin for slog

C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for slog

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


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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper