\ 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

Operation Damage Control Every year, the icebreaker Polar Star slogs 11,500 miles from Seattle to Antarctica to reach scientific bases. Los Angeles Times, "Newsletter: The madness of mass shootings," 5 Aug. 2019 But the actors really did slog it out in the fake torrential rains for two weeks. Bryan Alexander, USA TODAY, "How 'Hobbs & Shaw' shot those Chernobyl nuclear power plant scenes," 3 Aug. 2019 At Wimbledon the previous year, Pancho Gonzalez and Charlie Pasarell had slogged it out for five hours in their first-round tie. B.f., The Economist, "What is a tiebreak?," 16 July 2019 As the economy surges, traffic congestion, measured as the time a car spends slogging along at 35 miles an hour or slower on the freeway, has gone up, increasing 80 percent between 2010 and 2017. Erin Baldassari, The Mercury News, "Oakland to Palo Alto in 10 minutes? Yeah, you can do that: Here’s how.," 10 July 2019 The rookie right-hander, who'd been mostly dazzling over four prior starts for the Milwaukee Brewers, slogged through an awful first inning before regaining his bearings and putting together a solid final four. Todd Rosiak, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Reds 8, Brewers 2: Freddy Peralta struggles early, gets little help from the offense," 1 July 2018 The Reds have slogged their way to a mere .666 OPS since Aug. 28. Skip Snow, USA TODAY Sportsbook Wire, "Cincinnati Reds at Chicago Cubs odds, picks and best bets," 16 Sep. 2019 Denver’s offense stalled as Murray struggled, slogging through quarters behind a slate of contested midrange jumpers. Michael Shapiro,, "Can the Nuggets Keep Pace in the Western Conference Title Hunt?," 30 July 2019 Those families on the inside were still slogging through Orange World. Dan Chiasson, The New York Review of Books, "True Mirages," 6 June 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

For as much as the Jets resembled the Browns from 2016 and 2017, there were stretches where this game was a slog for the Browns on the offensive side. Dan Labbe,, "Browns win, but questions remain with Rams coming to town," 16 Sep. 2019 As a result, many fliers spend years diligently racking up miles through travel and airline credit cards, all in the hopes of scoring a free ticket at the end of the slog. Eric Rosen, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Avoid Huge Taxes and Fees When Cashing in Frequent Flier Miles," 5 Sep. 2019 No martial arts series should be this much of a slog. Jennifer Ouellette, Ars Technica, "Review: Fight scenes are the only bright spot in grim, joyless Wu Assassins," 19 Aug. 2019 Summertime, and the reading should be easy, with a novel that pulls you out of the daily slog., "5 novels to escape with this summer," 1 Aug. 2019 Comedy can be a particular slog for the voicey feminist. Noam Scheiber, New York Times, "Is Peak TV Really a Bonanza for Female Comics? That’s a Laugh," 25 July 2019 Been a bit of a slog since, with no top 30s and three missed cuts in seven events. Daniel Rapaport,, "Ranking the Top 100 Players at the 2019 British Open," 16 July 2019 Sunday morning is the culmination of a month-long slog that turns into a 72-hour work shift. Tyler Kraft, Indianapolis Star, "Doug Boles' race is just beginning when the Indy 500 ends," 1 July 2019 Even with a 9-3 stretch that helped offset the brutal eight-game losing streak that bookended the trade deadline, the Red Sox still face a steep uphill slog in their pursuit of a wild-card berth. Alex Speier,, "With a month left in the season, just what are the Red Sox’ chances?," 29 Aug. 2019

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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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