[ waw-ter-lawg, -log, wot-er- ]
/ ˈwɔ tərˌlɔg, -ˌlɒg, ˈwɒt ər- /

verb (used with object), wa·ter·logged, wa·ter·log·ging.

to cause (a boat, ship, etc.) to become uncontrollable as a result of flooding.
to soak, fill, or saturate with water so as to make soggy or useless.

verb (used without object), wa·ter·logged, wa·ter·log·ging.

to become saturated with water.

Nearby words

  1. waterless,
  2. waterless cooker,
  3. waterlessly,
  4. waterline,
  5. waterlocked,
  6. waterlogged,
  7. waterloo,
  8. waterloo, battle of,
  9. waterman,
  10. watermanship

Origin of waterlog

First recorded in 1770–80; apparently back formation from waterlogged

Dictionary.com Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for waterlog

  • Frank saw the wisdom of this advice, and as he followed it, the "Waterlog" shot forward and gained a little upon the schooner.

    The Swan and Her Crew|George Christopher Davies
  • Two were lateeners, one a schooner, two cutters, and the sixth was the "Waterlog."

    The Swan and Her Crew|George Christopher Davies
  • Her name was the Waterlily, but she was facetiously christened and universally called the "Waterlog."

    The Swan and Her Crew|George Christopher Davies

Word Origin and History for waterlog



1779, from water (n.1) + log (n.); the notion is of "reduce to a log-like condition."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper