\ 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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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 foam clog company reported Tuesday that sales surged 64 percent in its first quarter to $460 million, reports CNN Business. TheWeek, "Crocs sales soared 64 percent as shoppers prioritized comfort amid pandemic," 27 Apr. 2021 Gover compared learning to clog to learning to hula. Maggie Menderski, The Courier-Journal, "Clog in your kitchen? This Kentucky artist takes flatfooting worldwide during COVID-19," 23 Apr. 2021 However, vacuum cleaners are not indestructible, and some materials can block filters, clog hoses or even lead to electrical failures. Jeff Harper,, "11 things you should never vacuum," 24 Mar. 2021 However, there are still passionate clog lovers who brave the cold and snow with style and caution. Anthony Marcusa,, "The best classic clog," 3 Apr. 2021 So, to review, UCLA will need to run the Crimson Tide off the three-point line, clog driving lanes, watch kick-outs, rip away rebounds, dictate tempo and avoid turnovers that could negate their efforts in every other endeavor. Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times, "UCLA hopes defense will carry Bruins past Alabama and into the Elite Eight," 27 Mar. 2021 Colourful knee socks were paired with the clog — some in the same bright shade; others, in a complementary colour. Eliza Huber,, "UGG x Molly Goddard Collaboration Is Here," 19 Mar. 2021 Crocs, the colorful clog maker made cool again thanks to singers Justin Bieber and Bad Bunny, is seizing on its unprecedented popularity and cheap financing to borrow in the US junk-bond market for the first time., "Kia tells owners of recalled cars to park them outside until repairs are made," 10 Mar. 2021 Sabharwal and Knight started conceiving of their company as a SaaS plumber that could break up this data clog. Matthew Heimer, Fortune, "How two LinkedIn veterans are upgrading the insurance industry’s messy ‘plumbing’," 10 Mar. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Right-wing politicians who bridle at lockdown restrictions are as angry as the left-wing climate protesters who regularly clog Trafalgar Square in London as part of the Extinction Rebellion demonstrations. New York Times, "As Europe’s Lockdowns Drag On, Police and Protesters Clash," 23 Mar. 2021 Buffalo would prefer either Harris or Etienne fall to them here, but the Bills address their interior defensive line with this Alabama standout to clog the middle. Safid Deen,, "Safid Deen’s first-round 2021 NFL mock draft: Who will Dolphins select at picks 6 and 18?," 5 Apr. 2021 Meanwhile, dozens more of those arrested are awaiting charges as the low-level cases continue to clog Washington’s federal district court, according to the media outlet's analysis. Michael Lee, Washington Examiner, "Many Capitol riot participants set to face light punishment over what 'boiled down to trespassing': Report," 30 Mar. 2021 Their mission—to protect the Northern Sea Route, an Arctic shipping channel that’s growing in importance to Moscow as the world warms and there’s less ice to clog Arctic waters. David Axe, Forbes, "Russia’s Arctic MiGs Can Cover The Country’s Entire Northern Shipping Route," 18 Mar. 2021 That takes pressure off Collin, Darius, Jarrett (Allen), because then his guy won’t just go and clog the lane. cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers have ‘no doubts’ about Isaac Okoro’s potential on offense," 18 Mar. 2021 Those with olfactory phantoms can sometimes find a few hours’ relief by dripping saline into their noses to clog the upper part of the nasal cavity. Kate Baggaley, Popular Science, "This strange condition could explain why your tongue feels weird," 5 Mar. 2021 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

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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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1 May 2021

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“Clog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 12 May. 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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