\ˈsläg \
slogged; slogging

Definition of slog 

(Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to hit hard : beat

2 : to plod (one's way) perseveringly especially against difficulty

intransitive verb

1 : to plod heavily : tramp slogged through the snow

2 : to work hard and steadily : plug



Definition of slog (Entry 2 of 2)

1a : hard persistent work the endless enervating slog of war— Michael Gorra

b : a prolonged arduous task or effort reform will be a hard political slog— M. S. Forbes

2 : a hard dogged march or journey

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Other Words from slog


slogger noun

Examples of slog in a Sentence


He slogged away at the paperwork all day. She slogged through her work. She slogged her way through her work. We've been slogging along for hours. He slogged through the deep snow. They slogged their way through the snow.


It will be a long, hard slog before everything is back to normal. It was a long slog up the mountain.
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Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Mounted with a tech binding these boards are plenty light for long skin track slogs but can also handle any snow type or terrain with aplomb. The Editors, Outside Online, "In Search of the Best-Value Gear," 27 Apr. 2018 The Braves and Phillies are in a fight for the NL East title while the Nationals are slogging along in third place. Tom Verducci,, "Nine Innings: How Bryce Harper Is Trying to Revive His Season, What We Learned in the First Half and More," 9 July 2018 Forecasters said that Beryl would slog south — a huge relief to an island still recovering from Maria, the Category 4 hurricane that hit the U.S. territory in September and caused an estimated $100 billion in damage. NBC News, "Puerto Rico prepares for remnants of Beryl, as some still remain without power after hurricane," 8 July 2018 Brody’s five now, slogging through 40 hours of therapy a week, autistic and epileptic and as stubborn as the disease that, at its very worse, was causing him to have one or two seizures an hour. Zak Keefer, Indianapolis Star, "Andrew Luck still has no pain in throwing shoulder," 27 June 2018 Rather than slog through the process of modeling every single accent and variable, Prasad says, Amazon has set Alexa’s parameters broadly enough to understand voices from Le Mans to Marseilles. Brian Barrett, WIRED, "Inside Amazon's Painstaking Pursuit to Teach Alexa French," 13 June 2018 Watching an adult child slog through life without direction or ambition can be a tough pill to swallow. Ana Veciana-suarez, miamiherald, "Separation can be a good thing, for both parent and offspring | Miami Herald," 24 May 2018 Spring in Santa Fe is a time of baseball playoffs and grand-finale choir concerts, a final month when students slog through standardized tests that interest only their teachers, then rush out to Galveston beach houses. Alden Woods, USA TODAY, "Santa Fe High's disastrous year: From devastating floods to tragic school shooting," 22 May 2018 For the second straight start, Peralta slogged his way through a ragged first inning. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Brewers 5, Braves 4: A big third inning and a nice start for Freddy Peralta are enough," 6 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The second half, in which the Kennedy family machine takes control and works to save Ted’s reputation, is more of a slog. David Sims, The Atlantic, "Chappaquiddick Is a Damning Portrayal of a Real-Life Tragedy," 4 Apr. 2018 But who would have guessed that in doing so NBC would actually expand the parade of nations, a ritual of ceremonial importance that’s always a bit of a slog for viewers and ripe for compression? Phil Rosenthal,, "NBC's editing of Olympics opening ceremony makes a long walk only longer," 10 Feb. 2018 Facing another tough slog to win a statewide race in New York this November, Republicans say their gubernatorial nominee Marc Molinaro has a template for success: former Gov. George Pataki. Joseph De Avila, WSJ, "New York Republicans Pitch Molinaro as George Pataki 2.0," 4 June 2018 Since Romney left office, Walker’s work has been a slog. Yvonne Abraham,, "Unheralded advocate is taking a break," 7 June 2018 Yet the series does capture the excitement and crush of journalism today by throwing itself into an exhaustive news cycle: an endless slog of crisis after scandal after lie. Lorraine Ali,, "Showtime's ‘The Fourth Estate’ shows how the ‘failing’ New York Times succeeds in the Trump era," 25 May 2018 Improving the lot of women who want jobs will be a hard slog. The Economist, "Culture and the labour market keep India’s women at home," 5 July 2018 But coming back to work on Thursday can be a real slog. Samantha Gordon, USA TODAY, "These are the 5 best Amazon deals right now," 5 July 2018 And yet, The Lighthouse still feels like a slog at times due to the all too realistic depiction of the boredom and repetition that inevitably figures in the story. Frank Scheck, The Hollywood Reporter, "'The Lighthouse': Film Review," 4 July 2018

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First Known Use of slog


1824, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1888, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for slog


origin unknown

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English Language Learners Definition of slog

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: to keep doing something even though it is difficult or boring : to work at something in a steady, determined way

: to walk slowly usually with heavy steps



English Language Learners Definition of slog (Entry 2 of 2)

: a long period of hard work or effort

: a long, difficult walk

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obstinately defiant of authority

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