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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.
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verb (used without object), slogged, slog·ging.
  1. to deal heavy blows.
  2. to walk or plod heavily.
  3. to toil.
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  1. a long, tiring walk or march.
  2. long, laborious work.
  3. a heavy blow.
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Origin of slog

First recorded in 1850–55; variant of slug2
Related formsslog·ger, noun
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Related Words for slogged

toil, tramp, lumber, trudge, plug, slave, stomp, trample, grind, flounder, drag, sweat, drudge, labor, schlepp

Examples from the Web for slogged

Historical Examples of slogged

  • And they slogged and sloshed toward it, numb to all that was going on about them.

    Dave Dawson at Dunkirk

    Robert Sydney Bowen

  • If you, reader, had been one of the hands, would you have slogged?

  • He slogged wildly at the first ball, missed it, and paid the penalty.

    The Missioner

    E. Phillips Oppenheim

  • Young Thornton once slogged a hoff-ball through my winder as cost me two bob,—and I stood it with pleasure.

  • We just slogged through as best we were able, which wasn't really very good.

    Industrial Revolution

    Poul William Anderson

British Dictionary definitions for slogged


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
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  1. a tiring hike or walk
  2. long exhausting work
  3. a heavy blow or swipe
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Derived Formsslogger, noun

Word Origin for slog

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 slogged



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

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

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