\ 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

Verb 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. Noun 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 If there’s any optimism in this book, the citizens of Aspen will have to slog through three hundred pages to find it. Saïd Sayrafiezadeh, The New Yorker, 24 May 2021 Homeowners can slog through a week, maybe 10 days, without power or heat or electric light, but just try lasting a week without a working toilet. Kris Frieswick, WSJ, 6 May 2021 Instead of letting your team slog through the mud with no clear end in sight, give them clear objectives to work towards. Rhett Power, Forbes, 9 Apr. 2021 The league announced the draft lottery will be June 22, a date that has loomed larger as the Wolves slog through this season with the worst record in the NBA. Chris Hine, Star Tribune, 29 Mar. 2021 Could this be the final time Oregonians slog through a week of post-daylight saving fog? oregonlive, 4 Mar. 2021 The top six seeds earn a valuable first-round bye and won’t have to slog through four games in four days in pursuit of a championship. Nick Moyle, San Antonio Express-News, 3 Mar. 2021 His team will still have to slog through the lengthy regulatory process. Josh Siegel, Washington Examiner, 21 Jan. 2021 Some local restaurants are closing down temporarily, though most are trying to slog through the phase. Ian Mcnulty,, 11 Jan. 2021 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun An unrewarding slog to assemble even a coherent single set build, much less giving players the ability to experiment with a whole bunch of them. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 8 June 2021 Taken together, these reforms could take a bite out of digital crime, but implementing them all will be a long, hard slog., 6 June 2021 Never mind the daily slog of early morning testing, constant tracking, etc. Zach Osterman, The Indianapolis Star, 4 June 2021 Poor footwear and clothing can turn an enjoyable outing into a frustrating, miserable slog. cleveland, 29 May 2021 Both sides are preparing for a long-slog debate, with a slew of amendments from Republicans. Sara Murray And Fredreka Schouten, CNN, 11 May 2021 But with a business model that for now relies heavily on middlemen, and boxed in by AT&T’s fragile finances, HBO Max faces a long, hard slog. Geoff Colvin, Fortune, 23 Apr. 2021 The relief act's narrow slog through the 50-50 Senate revealed real disagreements between the Democratic Party's progressive and centrist wings, as well as Biden's instincts for procedure and bipartisanship. Marianna Sotomayor,, 8 Mar. 2021 Senate Democrats are expected to present their version of the $1.9-trillion economic aid bill Wednesday, kicking off a marathon slog against Republican opposition to approve the bill and send it back to the House by the end of the week. Sarah D. Wire, Los Angeles Times, 3 Mar. 2021

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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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29 May 2021

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“Slog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 15 Jun. 2021.

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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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