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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.
  1. a long, tiring walk or march.
  2. long, laborious work.
  3. a heavy blow.

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. 2018

Examples from the Web for slogging

Historical Examples of slogging

  • He had been slogging into it like a Trojan and had done quite a lot.

  • Let the infantry do the slogging through the mud; the brass-hats got the medals.


    H. Beam Piper

  • Her heart seemed by its slogging beat to be urging some argument upon her.

    The Judge

    Rebecca West

  • He'd have to do it every day after, that was certain, and Sturton might invite Harvey to give him a slogging.

    King of Ranleigh

    F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton

  • She receives smashing blows, but she advances; it is a slogging fight, and not a scientific campaign.

British Dictionary definitions for slogging


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
  1. a tiring hike or walk
  2. long exhausting work
  3. 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 slogging



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