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clog

noun \ ˈkläg , ˈklȯg \
Updated on: 15 Nov 2017

Definition of clog

1 a : a weight attached especially to an animal to hinder motion
b : something that shackles or impedes : encumbrance 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

Examples of clog in a Sentence

  1. There's a clog in the kitchen sink.

  2. a liquid chemical that gets rid of clogs

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Origin and Etymology of clog

Middle English clogge short thick piece of wood


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clog

verb

Definition of clog

clogged; clogging
transitive verb
1 a : 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
2 a : 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

clogger

play \ˈklä-gər, ˈklȯ-\ noun

Examples of clog in a Sentence

  1. The sink was clogged by dirt and grease.

  2. The drain clogs easily because the opening is so small.

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First Known Use of clog

14th century

clog Synonyms

Synonyms
block, choke, clot, congest, dam, gum (up), jam, obstruct, occlude, plug (up), stop (up), stuff
Antonyms
clear, free, open (up), unblock, unclog, unplug, unstop
Related Words
bung, cork, spile, stopper, stopple; fill, gridlock, pack; fur, silt; flood, glut, inundate, overwhelm, swamp
Near Antonyms
excavate, hollow (out), scoop (out); empty, lighten

Synonym Discussion of 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


CLOG Defined for English Language Learners

clog

noun

Definition of clog for English Language Learners

  • : a shoe or sandal that has a thick usually wooden sole

  • : something that blocks or clogs a pipe


clog

verb

Definition of clog for English Language Learners

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


CLOG Defined for Kids

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clog

verb \ ˈkläg \

Definition of clog for Students

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

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clog

noun

Definition of clog for Students

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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