clog

noun
\ 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

clog

verb
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

Verb

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

Choose the Right Synonym for clog

Verb

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

And, cigarette butts can also cause clogs, according to Agugliaro. 10. Brittney Morgan, House Beautiful, "16 Things You Should Never Flush Down The Toilet," 29 June 2018 This should remove your clog and the water should drain. Timothy Dahl, Popular Mechanics, "How to Unclog a Toilet," 26 Oct. 2016 Not to get too Sheila Heti about it, but what is a fall clog meant to look like anyway? Madeline Fass, Vogue, "A Search for the Perfect Fall Clog, the Bookworm’s Fashion Shoe," 17 Oct. 2018 A few of her clients prefer clogs, house slippers, ballet flats, or sandals. Sophie Saint Thomas, Allure, "Everything You've Wanted to Know About Foot Fetishes, But Were Afraid to Ask," 17 Aug. 2018 In the snapshot, the royal sports a gingham dress, dark clogs, and an adorably devious smile. Kayla Keegan, Good Housekeeping, "Princess Charlotte Looks Identical to Princess Diana's Niece Lady Kitty Spencer," 26 Nov. 2018 Maybe, the dudes at Alife suggest, this is the year the humble rubber clog can finally break into the mainstream. Tyler Watamanuk, GQ, "These Crocs-with-Socks Make a Case for the Luxury Clog," 31 May 2018 In rooms with names like Mediterranean Salon 4 and Palazzo Salon D, companies ranging from clog maker Crocs Inc. to teen outfitter Abercrombie & Fitch Co. faced questions about their exposure to China. John D. Stoll, WSJ, "‘Made in China’ Was Once the Easy Answer. Not Anymore.," 18 Jan. 2019 This clog is a favorite of restaurant workers, hospital staff, and other people who have to be on their feet all day. Lexie Sachs, Good Housekeeping, "The Best Plantar Fasciitis Shoes, According to Experts," 4 Dec. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Finally, light the grill to make sure that none of the burner holes are clogged and all the gas lines and tubes are well connected and in good condition. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "All the BBQ Cleaning Tips You Need to Get Your Grill Ready for Summer," 5 Apr. 2019 To prevent a fridge explosion in your own home, clean your fridge's coils to make sure that they're not clogged. Temi Adebowale, House Beautiful, "Here's What Really Causes Fridge Explosions," 7 Jan. 2019 Planes would be grounded, ports would be clogged, food would rot, and garbage would pile up, and those are just some of the possible scenarios. Jen Kirby, Vox, "The many unpredictable outcomes of Brexit, explained," 21 Nov. 2018 Roads were clogged all over San Juan because traffic lights were inoperative, and several businesses in busy downtown areas were closed. Washington Post, "Mayor: Puerto Rico blackout won’t affect Indians-Twins game," 18 Apr. 2018 The roads are already clogged and more cars may be on their way. Brian Ballou, Sun-Sentinel.com, "Frustrated by traffic, 2 Broward cities push for wider roads," 8 Mar. 2018 Don't freak, though — this simply sounds like an ingrown hair, which happens when dead skin cells clog up a hair follicle and force the hair that's inside to grow sideways under the skin (rather than up and out). Kim Tranell, Seventeen, "Here's Everything You Need To Know About Shaving Your Vagina," 28 Feb. 2018 Which completely explains why your pores get clogged so much more easily when your period hits. Carly Cardellino, Cosmopolitan, "15 Acne-Causing Behaviors You Didn’t Even Know You Were Doing," 10 Jan. 2017 Well, the physician's assistant said his left ear was irritated but not totally inflamed and his right ear was clogged. Kim Fusaro, Woman's Day, "Well That Was Easy Enough," 17 June 2011

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First Known Use of clog

Noun

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

Verb

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

History and Etymology for clog

Noun

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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clog

noun

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

clog

verb

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

clog

verb
\ 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.

clog

noun

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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