\ 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 uppetty cases clogging up the courts
b : to cause blockage in often used with uparteries 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 clogger (audio) , ˈklȯ-​ \ noun

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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 Kinlaw has just 16% percent body fat and his upper body evokes more middle linebacker than a clog-the-middle lineman. Eric Branch,, "Defensive lineman Javon Kinlaw, 49ers’ top pick, receives rave reviews," 1 June 2020 Even very old ladies who certainly had never seen active duty wore camouflage sun hats and plastic clogs. Lauren Groff, Harper's Magazine, "Waiting for the End of the World," 30 Mar. 2020 Even very old ladies who certainly had never seen active duty wore camouflage sun hats and plastic clogs. Lauren Groff, Harper's magazine, "Waiting for the End of the World," 1 Mar. 2020 To drink with the beans, there is natural wine, to which diners—who, like the staff, skew young and stylish, in cropped pants and clogs—may help themselves from a shelf or a refrigerator by the bar. Hannah Goldfield, The New Yorker, "Leo Has Its Finger on the Pulse," 31 Jan. 2020 Calling a professional dryer exhaust technician to check and clear your dryer vent can be extremely effective and help prevent future clogs. cleveland, "More fires in the home occur during winter says Avon Lake Fire Department," 7 Mar. 2020 In South Carolina a 12-foot long clog of disposable wipes cost Charleston Water System more than $140,000 in damage and cleanup costs in October. Kristin Lam, USA TODAY, "'Toilets are not trash cans' campaign asks Utah to flush out funds for education," 11 Feb. 2020 The program offers up to $2,500 in reimbursement for sewage cleanup costs if residents report backups by calling 311 within 24 hours, but the backups must be caused by heavy rain and not clogs. Scott Dance,, "Baltimore programs to help residents pay for failing water and sewer pipes aren’t paying much out," 11 Oct. 2019 The sticky adhesive can also adhere to other items, resulting in a larger clog. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, "12 Everyday Items You Should Never Flush Down Your Toilet," 6 Apr. 2020 Recent Examples on the Web: Verb Instead of taking on the block to clog his gap and force the RB to bounce outside, Adams takes a justifiable risk in attempting to penetrate and make a play in the backfield instead. John Owning, Dallas News, "Film room: What kind of impact would a do-it-all safety like Jamal Adams have in the Cowboys’ defense?," 22 June 2020 Within just one or two days, the filters eventually clog and the larvaceans abandon ship, promptly setting off to make a new palace. Popular Science, "These animals build palaces out of their own snot," 6 June 2020 By accident or design the American authorities could clog or cut the payments arteries by imposing sanctions, additional administrative requirements or penalties on individuals, firms or banks operating in Hong Kong. The Economist, "Hong Kong’s uncertain future Can Hong Kong remain a global financial centre?," 4 June 2020 If dislodged, a clot can potentially clog blood flow to vital parts of the body, which can lead to seizures or death. Boone Ashworth, Wired, "The WIRED Coronavirus Glossary," 2 June 2020 Autopsies of 10 African-American coronavirus victims show their lungs were clogged with blood clots, according to new research. Eliza Mackintosh, CNN, "What you need to know about coronavirus on Thursday, May 28," 28 May 2020 Though its website is clogged with business-to-business doublespeak, if Autobidder's overall behavior at that battery farm is any indication, the model itself is pretty straightforward. Caroline Delbert, Popular Mechanics, "Elon Musk Would Like to Help You Trade Energy," 4 May 2020 Zhou uses one of the city’s shared bikes to cycle 15 minutes to work each morning, alongside a highway clogged with traffic jams. Eamon Barrett, Fortune, "Inside China’s reopening: A startup operations manager in Hangzhou sees automation accelerating," 4 May 2020 Its phone lines have been clogged with callers, and workers have been unable to log on to the application system on the agency’s website. James Barragán, Dallas News, "Self-employed, contract workers in Texas face added hurdles in getting unemployment benefits," 24 Apr. 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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7 Jun 2020

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“Clog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 9 Jul. 2020.

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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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