\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Silt and other debris clog many of the culverts beneath narrow driveways and footpaths spanning the ditches. Washington Post, 11 May 2022 There's this bright-yellow clog sandal that will add a bold pop of color to all your warm-weather looks. Eva Thomas,, 21 Apr. 2022 That rave and the show’s intrinsic joys — music, songs, stories, clog dancing — turned what was to have been a three-week engagement into a six-year stay, with Wade giving more than 2,100 performances for some 350,000 audience members. Rick Kogan,, 13 Apr. 2022 If snow blower becomes clogged, first make sure the engine is turned off and the blades have stopped rotating before trying to clear the clog. Julie Washington, cleveland, 2 Feb. 2022 Now, as life is gradually veering towards normality, designers of all sorts continue to lean into the clog. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 11 Oct. 2021 For the first time, the Padres are so stacked with starters that the fifth spot in the rotation, currently open for only as long as Clevinger remains sidelined (or another move is made), has become a satisfying competitive clog. Bryce Millercolumnist, San Diego Union-Tribune, 4 Apr. 2022 There are also plenty of other styles from the brand included in this sale too, like the Boston clog that Kendall Jenner keeps wearing on repeat. Alex Warner,, 23 Mar. 2022 On the monitor, Jessica Chastain was winning Best Actress, but the rest of the ceremony might as well have been a clog-dancing festival. Michael Schulman, The New Yorker, 28 Mar. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb This nautical one-piece is made of a custom fabric blend of 78% recycled polyamide from post-consumer materials and nylon waste like old fishing nets that clog up our oceans. Hannah Oh, Seventeen, 21 Apr. 2022 Complaints focused largely on the traffic that would further clog their already busy side street that serves as the lone connector from Hanover Cove to 1604. Jeff B. Flinn, San Antonio Express-News, 12 Apr. 2022 Fruit exfoliate ground fibers naturally exfoliate the skin, removing dead skin cells that clog the pores. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 Brands have to balance effective physical and chemical UV filters with formulas that won’t clog pores, sting your eyes, or cause dryness. Glamour, 27 Apr. 2022 The fuel pump can be damaged from an empty fuel tank, and sediments can clog the fuel filter. Cameron Knight, The Enquirer, 25 Mar. 2022 In 2017, the dam removal project drew fervent opposition from local residents and conservation groups who feared demolition would clog creeks with debris, kill aquatic wildlife and wipe out popular swimming holes. Hayley Smith, Los Angeles Times, 4 Mar. 2022 Jojoba oil is another non-comedogenic oil that won’t clog pores when used on the face or body. Kiana Murden, Vogue, 14 Feb. 2022 Even after signing Michael Pierce, Baltimore could use a massive, double-team-eating run-stopper like Davis to clog the middle of the field. Jonas Shaffer, Baltimore Sun, 28 Apr. 2022 See More

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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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25 May 2022

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“Clog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 26 May. 2022.

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\ 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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