\ 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

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 The closed-toe clog means this shoe works right now to add a lift to summer dresses and maxi skirts, and later with jeans and cozy knits when fall hits. Kerry Pieri, Harper's BAZAAR, 12 July 2022 In-season items, including the label's notorious bubble clog, are up to 40 percent off right now. Halie Lesavage, Harper's BAZAAR, 30 June 2022 Mayor Rick Creecy said the clog was noticed on June 16 during a routine inspection. Remington Miller, Arkansas Online, 28 June 2022 The popular Italian clog usually goes for $278 a pop, which actually isn't that much for a shoe that's handmade in Tuscany. Eva Thomas,, 26 Feb. 2022 While at The Hollywood Reporter's Most Powerful People in Media event in May, she was seen wearing the same green heel and multi-colored clog combo on her feet. Charmaine Patterson,, 14 June 2022 Since people with acne-prone skin are typically more sensitive to changes in their skin-care routine, some ingredients that clog pores lead to even more breakouts. Cristina Montemayor, SELF, 6 June 2022 The CVT-Hemp features a shock absorbing outsole and a convertible heel to wear as a clog for ultimate comfort. Outside Online, 1 June 2022 The worst is a Norway maple, whose greedy roots are most apt to damage foundations, lift patios and sidewalks, or clog waste pipes, according to landscape architect Ian Sloane of Gilmore Landscape Architecture in Arlington. Carol Stocker,, 10 Apr. 2022 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb San Francisco Pride parade and celebration is the first since 2019, and is expected to bring tens of thousands of people back on Bay Area public transit and clog the city’s downtown neighborhoods with traffic congestion. Ricardo Cano, San Francisco Chronicle, 23 June 2022 Scientists have also pointed to other, more unusual challenges, like more frequent algal blooms and exploding jellyfish populations, which can clog up the water pipes. Wired, 22 July 2022 The salicylic acid helps to effectively remove all the unwanted buildup that accumulates on your skin daily, including oils that can clog pores and cause breakouts and environmental toxins that can harm skin cells. Cristina Montemayor, SELF, 20 May 2022 The Transparent Facial Cleanser gently targets oil, dirt, grime, bacteria, makeup, and other impurities that clog the pores and cause acne. Grooming Playbook, The Salt Lake Tribune, 10 Apr. 2022 The frenetic defensive start allowed Huntley to clog passing lanes and contest every shot. Rick Armstrong,, 8 Feb. 2022 The fragrance-free mist is good for all skin types and won't clog pores. Alex Warner,, 16 June 2022 Gentle physical and chemical exfoliators buff away old, dead skin cells that have the potential to clog pores, revealing brighter, smoother skin. Cristina Montemayor, Men's Health, 13 June 2022 These formulas are less likely to clog pores or cause irritation and more likely to be free of fragrance. April Franzino, Good Housekeeping, 24 May 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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More Definitions for clog


\ 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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