\ ˈsläg How to pronounce slog (audio) \
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

But ridership overall has dropped far below the 30,000 daily passengers, as local buses slog through snowy side streets. Mike Lindblom, The Seattle Times, "Metro buses still on reduced snow schedules while slush brings new driving risks," 12 Feb. 2019 Benetta White and David Lloyd slogged through waist-deep water to escape when Cape Fear River water came pouring into their yard late Thursday. Fox News, "The Latest: Tropical Storm Kirk forms in Atlantic Ocean," 22 Sep. 2018 And rescue teams were still slogging through the mud, hunting for the missing and assessing the damage. Megan Diskin, USA TODAY, "30 square miles. 17 dead. More than 400 homes damaged. The tragic tale of deadly California mudslides," 11 Jan. 2018 When the action begins, two men (Montoya and Salinas) are slogging through the desert. Margaret Gray,, "'Bordertown Now': At Pasadena Playhouse, Culture Clash brings its brand of comedy to the wall," 8 June 2018 The guns have a real weight to them, and take time to reload, while fistfights can be brutal, violent slogs that seem ripped out of Netflix’s Daredevil. Andrew Webster, The Verge, "Red Dead Redemption 2 is the most convincing open-world game ever made," 25 Oct. 2018 It’s no coincidence that while Watkins slogged his way to 39 receptions and 593 yards last year, Robert Woods and Cooper Kupp exceeded expectations. Michael Beller,, "Fantasy Football 2018 Breakouts: Can Patrick Mahomes Make the Leap?," 3 July 2018 For many years, fertility tests were onerous and time-consuming; a woman had to go off the pill for at least two months, then slog into the clinic on a certain day of the month. Kim Brooks, Harper's BAZAAR, "The New Frontier of Fertility Tests—for Young Women," 1 Nov. 2018 For the past few months, all this gear has been getting quite a work out as Mazda has been slogging away to make its IMSA prototype racer into a winner. Jonathan M. Gitlin, Ars Technica, "This isn’t a game: We try out a professional driver-in-the-loop simulator," 9 Aug. 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For those daunted by the prospect of a slog through the fashion skeletons in their closets (circa-2005 gauchos, perhaps?) will send its very own Marlow into the heart of darkness that is your wardrobe. Veronique Hyland, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lilly's Closet," 6 Jan. 2011 Behind the scenes, studio executives grumble about the awards-season slog, which begins in September at the Toronto International Film Festival and continues through the Oscars in late February. Erich Schwartzel, WSJ, "Is an Oscar Campaign Worth the Time and Money?," 22 Feb. 2019 The on-rails tutorial missions were a bit of a slog, and the game’s ponderous movement felt needlessly plodding compared to the quick, tight controls of other 2018 games. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 And without that musical element, Mary Poppins Returns eventually starts to feel like a slog. Alissa Wilkinson, Vox, "Mary Poppins Returns — with a sadder story and forgettable songs," 12 Dec. 2018 As the partial government shutdown stretches into a monthlong slog with no end in sight, TSA workers and other federal employees in the U.S. aviation industry have felt the strain of clocking in for work without the prospect of pay. Sam Blum, Popular Mechanics, "President of Flight Attendants Union Suggests General Strike to End Government Shutdown," 23 Jan. 2019 Overcome the tiring, three-and-a-half-hour slog there by using light aircraft from Cancun, which shortens the journey to a lovely (and scenic) 30-minute flight. Alex Postman, Condé Nast Traveler, "28 Places Our Travel Specialists Say You Should Go in 2019," 17 Dec. 2018 That’s a tough slog for the casual fan, and the Super Bowl draws millions who don’t watch football regularly. David Bauder, The Seattle Times, "Super Bowl reaches 100.7 million people, down from 2018," 5 Feb. 2019 In California, in addition to the surge in mail-in ballots, the slog of counting provisional ballots is partly why Hillary Clinton’s share of the popular vote kept ticking up long after Election Day. Jen Kirby, Vox, "Why it takes so long to get election night results," 6 Nov. 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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