\ 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 Yet the sense of fatigue for those fortunate enough to slog away from their home offices, bedrooms or kitchens is real. CBS News, "Half of Americans burned out on working from home," 24 June 2020 In the room next door, another judge hired to slog through the backlog of cases moved through an additional five cases per hour. Marina Starleaf Riker,, "Bexar County courts hold eviction court once again," 15 June 2020 The Ugashik is a muddy world, where fishermen slog through knee-deep muck to secure nets along the edge of the river at low tide. Miranda Weiss, Wired, "In Alaska, Summer's Getting Too Hot for the Salmon Run," 13 June 2020 Delta Vasquez, 22, spent several hours trying to slog through Oregon’s unemployment claims portal on Monday night after she was laid off from her hosting position at Bamboo Sushi in Portland. New York Times, "Coronavirus Layoff Surge Overwhelms Unemployment Offices," 19 Mar. 2020 That doesn’t mean slogging through 2020 will be easy. Julia Leite,, "Embraer Sinks to Lowest Since ‘09 on $4.2 Billion Boeing Breakup," 5 May 2020 Kicking up endless swirls of dust in the south, then slogging through miles of knee-deep mud or snow in the north. Dallas News, "What it’s like to trek 800 miles on the Arizona National Scenic Trail," 27 Apr. 2020 Bosa played 94% of the defensive snaps in Week 15 against Atlanta, and Armstead and Buckner each slogged through 90%. Rusty Simmons,, "Dominant and deep: 49ers’ defensive line at the core of team’s turnaround," 2 Feb. 2020 Kicking up endless swirls of dust in the south, then slogging through miles of knee-deep mud or snow in the north. Melanie Radzicki Mcmanus,, "‘Hiker trash,’ a fat rattlesnake and fickle Mother Nature: What it’s like to trek 800 miles on the Arizona Trail," 4 Sep. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Still, autonomous vehicles have been a target of Silicon Valley giants and venture capital investors for years, but technical and regulatory hurdles have made getting safe AVs on the road a longer slog than the boosters had hoped. Fortune, "Amazon is buying self-driving vehicle startup Zoox," 26 June 2020 That same press and other industry insiders often complain of the grueling slog and expense of traipsing from city to city to watch shows lasting a few minutes each. Marc Bain, Quartz, "Paris fashion shows will sashay on, despite all the reasons to cancel," 24 June 2020 Slow and grisly to a fault, this slog of an investigation into the kidnapping and murder of an infant is just too dark for the coronavirus era. Kelly Lawler, USA TODAY, "Review: HBO's new 'Perry Mason' has only one thing going for it: Matthew Rhys," 19 June 2020 It's seen as a slow, boring slog at a time when society’s attention span appears ever-dwindling. Anthony Fenech, Detroit Free Press, "MLB's billionaires are playing their own game. We have bigger things to care about," 17 June 2020 The long slog back to college sports began May 22 when the NCAA said voluntary workouts could begin June 1. On June 8, in compliance with Governor Kay Ivey’s latest health order, the official training began in Tuscaloosa. Michael Casagrande |, al, "How Alabama’s handling COVID-19 with athletes back as transparency varies by school," 16 June 2020 The slog and fog and existential anxiety of new motherhood. Rachel Levin,, "Challah giving sourdough some competition during coronavirus," 11 June 2020 Most other hunters will not want to cross these obstacles, so throwing on a pair of waders and making the slog can often lead you to better hunting opportunities. The Editors, Outdoor Life, "How to Hunt: A Step-by-Step Guide for New Adult Hunters," 3 June 2020 After months of lockdown, businesses were prepared for a marathon slog back to normal. Max Abelson,, "NYC Businesses Already Hit by Covid Now Must Reopen Amid Rubble," 3 June 2020

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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


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3 Jul 2020

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“Slog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 8 Jul. 2020.

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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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