\ ˈkläg How to pronounce clog (audio) , ˈklȯg \

Definition of clog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a weight attached especially to an animal to hinder motion
b : something that shackles or impedes : encumbrance sense 1
c : a mass of material that blocks movement through a pipe or vessel clearing a clog in the kitchen sink
2 : a shoe, sandal, or overshoe having a thick typically wooden sole


clogged; clogging

Definition of clog (Entry 2 of 2)

transitive verb

1a : 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
2a : 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

intransitive verb

1 : to become filled with extraneous matter often used with up
2 : to unite in a mass : clot
3 : to dance a clog dance

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Other Words from clog


clogger \ ˈklä-​gər How to pronounce clog (audio) , ˈklȯ-​ \ noun

Choose the Right Synonym for 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

Examples of clog in a Sentence

Noun There's a clog in the kitchen sink. a liquid chemical that gets rid of clogs Verb The sink was clogged by dirt and grease. The drain clogs easily because the opening is so small.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The school gathered in the oppressively hot and humid outdoor gym to watch clog dancing demonstrations and Khon masked pantomimes, listen to bagpipes, and walk in a parade of nations. Sarah Spellings, Vogue, "After 8 Years, I Finally Know How to Wear My Cowboy Boots," 26 Jan. 2021 Some models also feature a one-inch heel counter in the back for a clog-like cut that's not entirely backless. Ana Sanchez,, "The best UGG slippers for women," 22 Jan. 2021 These later gave way to the current bulbous form of the clog that migrated from Scandinavia to Europe and North America in the late 1960s. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "How Clogs Clomped Back Into Style (Seriously)," 29 Dec. 2020 Apart from the fire’s annihilation, bulldozers and other heavy equipment used to combat fire can reshape and scrape soils and clog waterways, often leaving lasting impacts. Julie Cart,, "Whack and stack: PG&E’s toppling of trees creates new hazards," 26 Dec. 2020 One reason is the infinite possibilities that multiply together and clog computers. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "No One Can Figure Out How the Hell to Cut Christmas Cookies. Not Even Computers.," 10 Dec. 2020 Nevertheless, having more terrain open will help alleviate the lift-line clog, which is bound to get worse once the resort opens to everyone. Julie Jag, The Salt Lake Tribune, "Utah’s ski season opener eerie, epic under COVID-19 protocols," 20 Nov. 2020 Falling tree limbs could bring down power lines and any remaining leaves, which could in turn clog storm drains. oregonlive, "Approaching wet and windy storm could bring power outages, downed trees," 11 Nov. 2020 Gonzalez said the offensive woes, with only three goals in the last seven games, are like a clog and once the team moves past it more goals will come. Jon Arnold, Dallas News, "FC Dallas is currently in playoff position, but a postseason berth is far from secure," 27 Oct. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb For the most part, because the Suns clog the lane so well, that doesn’t turn into open layups or dunks for the opponent, but drive-and-kick threes. Brendon Kleen, Forbes, "Despite Top-Ten Status, Defense Still A Work In Progress For Phoenix Suns," 28 Feb. 2021 The project would wipe out water weeds, which often clog channels and bays, by filling in areas where the nuisance vegetation settles. Kurtis Alexander, San Francisco Chronicle, "Delta dilemma: fishing or fresh water?," 10 Dec. 2020 But the crowds also clog the roads with traffic, dump their takeout containers around parking lots and trailheads, and fill portable toilets beyond capacity. Los Angeles Times, "At Lake Tahoe, unfurling the statewide welcome mat is ‘awkward’ as pandemic rages," 15 Jan. 2021 One in eight Minnesotans are food insecure—up from 1 in 11 before the pandemic—and lines of cars clog traffic near food pantries. Elizabeth Merrill, History & Culture, "‘We still care.’ Minnesota’s food industry shifts gears to feed the most vulnerable," 21 Dec. 2020 The decorations can clog production at recycling plants. Wyatte Grantham-philips, USA TODAY, "Recycling wrapping paper? What about gift bags? Here's what holiday packaging can go in blue bins.," 15 Dec. 2020 But there are still enough people to clog the airports. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: Reopening uncertainty for CPS parents, ‘king’ of Medicaid fraud freed by Trump and more people staying home for holidays," 24 Dec. 2020 Expecting there may be some chances for Jameson Williams and Julian Fleming to go deep on the outside, as the Wildcats should clog up middle-of-the-field chances to Wilson. Doug Lesmerises, cleveland, "Ohio State beats Northwestern 22-10: Doug Lesmerises’ diary of the Buckeyes’ comeback win," 19 Dec. 2020 Periodically clean off the spray arm to remove bits of paper or food that can clog the holes and reduce the efficiency of the spray. Melissa Rolland,, "Myth: Dishwashers wash themselves," 17 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of clog


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


14th century, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1a

History and Etymology for clog


Middle English clogge short thick piece of wood

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The first known use of clog was in the 14th century

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2 Mar 2021

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“Clog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 4 Mar. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of clog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: a shoe or sandal that has a thick usually wooden sole
: something that blocks or clogs a pipe



English Language Learners Definition of clog (Entry 2 of 2)

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


\ ˈkläg How to pronounce clog (audio) \
clogged; clogging

Kids Definition of clog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to make passage through difficult or impossible : plug Snow clogged the roads.



Kids Definition of clog (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : something that hinders or holds back There's a clog in the drain.
2 : a shoe having a thick usually wooden sole

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