\ 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 Search-and-rescue operations are underway, as workers and sniffer dogs slog through thick piles of mud and debris. Alan Taylor, The Atlantic, 6 July 2021 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 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Winning either seat will be a tough slog for the party, which in 2020 lost two congressional seats in Iowa and a US Senate race., 13 July 2021 Thanks in no small part to Blend, the mortgage application, underwriting and closing process—once a weeks- or months-long slog of paperwork, emails, faxes and phone calls—can now be done almost entirely digitally. Antoine Gara, Forbes, 8 June 2021 It's been a long slog of a year with chemo and treatments and losing my hair. Washington Post, 20 June 2021 Advancing the legislation through Congress could be a tough slog. Marcy Gordon, ajc, 11 June 2021 After his retirement, he got involved in another war seemingly without end — the long slog to get a Korean War memorial built in San Francisco. Sam Whiting, San Francisco Chronicle, 4 June 2021 But here is a look at the top 10 towns and cities in the county with the least declines in March, though finding a house — or being the first with the best offer — may still be a tough slog. Kenneth R. Gosselin,, 12 May 2021 Now, after months of fits and starts, this week’s White House climate summit marks the beginning of what is sure to be a long slog for countries to deliver on those promises. Justin Worland, Time, 23 Apr. 2021 But now President Joe Biden is settling in for what appears will be a long, summer slog of legislating. Lisa Mascaro, ajc, 21 June 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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16 Jul 2021

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“Slog.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Jul. 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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