[waw-ter-lawgd, -logd, wot-er-]


so filled or flooded with water as to be heavy or unmanageable, as a ship.
excessively saturated with or as if with water: waterlogged ground; waterlogged with fatigue.

Origin of waterlogged

1760–70; water + log1 (apparently in v. sense “(of water) to accumulate in a ship”) + -ed2


[waw-ter-lawg, -log, wot-er-]

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.

Origin of waterlog

First recorded in 1770–80; apparently back formation from waterlogged
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Examples from the Web for waterlogged

Contemporary Examples of waterlogged

Historical Examples of waterlogged

  • She rose up in that waterlogged cart like a Statue of Liberty.

    Cape Cod Stories

    Joseph C. Lincoln

  • It was the old front line, now waterlogged and quite untenable.

    Q.6.a and Other places

    Francis Buckley

  • I took in so much, I was afraid I'd be waterlogged and never come up.

    Buffalo Land

    W. E. Webb

  • She does not roll as though she was waterlogged in any degree.

  • But now he saw that what he had mistaken for a waterlogged sunken hulk was indeed an under-sea boat, a submarine and a big one.

    The Radio Detectives

    A. Hyatt Verrill

British Dictionary definitions for waterlogged



saturated with water
(of a vessel still afloat) having taken in so much water as to be unmanageable
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Word Origin and History for waterlogged



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

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