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noun \ˈkläg, ˈklȯg\

Simple Definition of clog

  • : a shoe or sandal that has a thick usually wooden sole

  • : something that blocks or clogs a pipe

Full Definition of clog

  1. 1 a :  a weight attached especially to an animal to hinder motion b :  something that shackles or impedes :  encumbrance 1

  2. 2 :  a shoe, sandal, or overshoe having a thick typically wooden sole

Examples of clog

  1. There's a clog in the kitchen sink.

  2. a liquid chemical that gets rid of clogs

Origin of clog

Middle English clogge short thick piece of wood

First Known Use: 14th century

Rhymes with clog




Simple Definition of clog

  • : to slowly form a block in (something, such as a pipe or street) so that things cannot move through quickly or easily

Full Definition of clog


  1. transitive verb
  2. 1 a :  to impede with a clog :  hinder b :  to halt or retard the progress, operation, or growth of :  encumber <restraints that have been clogging the market — T. W. Arnold>

  3. 2 a :  to fill beyond capacity :  overload <cars clogged the main street> —often used with up <petty cases clogging up the courts> b :  to cause blockage in —often used with up <arteries clogged up by cholesterol>

  4. intransitive verb
  5. 1 :  to become filled with extraneous matter —often used with up

  6. 2 :  to unite in a mass :  clot

  7. 3 :  to dance a clog dance

clog·ger play \ˈklä-gər, ˈklȯ-\ noun

Examples of clog

  1. The sink was clogged by dirt and grease.

  2. The drain clogs easily because the opening is so small.

14th Century

First Known Use of clog

14th century

Synonym Discussion of clog

hamper, trammel, clog, fetter, shackle, manacle mean to hinder or impede in moving, progressing, or acting. hamper may imply the effect of any impeding or restraining influence <hampered the investigation by refusing to cooperate>. trammel suggests entangling by or confining within a net <rules that trammel the artist's creativity>. clog usually implies a slowing by something extraneous or encumbering <a court system clogged by frivolous suits>. fetter suggests a restraining so severe that freedom to move or progress is almost lost <a nation fettered by an antiquated class system>. shackle and manacle are stronger than fetter and suggest total loss of freedom <a mind shackled by stubborn prejudice> <a people manacled by tyranny>.

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