\ 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

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 There's no waiting in line at the desk, or slogging along the endless queue at security. Bridget Hallinan, Condé Nast Traveler, "How to Access LAX's Private Terminal for Celebrities," 15 Nov. 2018 After weeks of staying up late to watch our favorite (or not-so-favorite) teams slog their way through best-of-seven series, whittling themselves from 16 to two, we’re left with the Vegas Golden Knights and Washington Capitals. The Si Staff,, "Stanley Cup Final Roundtable: Expansion Team in the Final, Unlikely Goal Scorer, More," 26 May 2018 Crimes of Grindelwald viewers have three more to slog through, covering 17 years of history, before the final battle. Chaim Gartenberg, The Verge, "Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald is the franchise’s Attack of the Clones when it should be The Last Jedi," 27 Nov. 2018 That's exactly what happened, creating vast ponds that residents initially had to slog through or take long detours around before the Corps pumped the water away and built sand crossovers. Fox News, "The noise of summer: Beach projects bug residents, visitors," 28 July 2018

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Dialysis was a life-saving slog; Hyland was hooked up to a machine three times a week for four hours per session. Zahra Barnes, SELF, "Sarah Hyland Opens Up About Dialysis and Her Second Kidney Transplant," 10 Dec. 2018 Imagine: the long-term hospital slog transformed into a family game of Wii dolphin. Jacqueline Detwiler, Popular Mechanics, "The Heroes of Science Who Are Unlocking the Brain," 3 Oct. 2018 Spending more time on leisure activities, making healthy food and health care easier to obtain (via roving AVs that come to you), and taking the slog out of commuting does sound nice. Diana Budds, Curbed, "Ikea’s Space10 imagines the future of self-driving cars," 17 Sep. 2018 So clearly even for the politically minded, voting is a slog. Cady Drell, Marie Claire, "Samantha Bee Unveils Midterm Election Trivia App 'This Is Not a Game: The Game'," 6 Sep. 2018 Flipping a chamber in the Legislature could still be an uphill slog. Dustin Gardiner, azcentral, "In wake of #RedForEd, first-time candidates flood races for Arizona Legislature," 4 June 2018 In popular memory, World War I is identified with static trench warfare on the Western Front, a four-year slog through mud and blood. Geoffrey Wawro, WSJ, "The Reinvention of Warfare," 8 Nov. 2018 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

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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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