\ 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

But times change, and with the Cubs slogging through a first half with a 47-43 record, the patience of the fan base seems to be wearing thin. Paul Sullivan,, "Will the Cubs be fine in the 2nd half or are they in denial?," 7 July 2019 After experiencing the crushing loss of her family, Dani has been slogging through life. Elena Nicolaou,, "How Midsommar's May Queen Scene Connects To A Real Swedish Legend," 5 July 2019 The 47-year-old ultramarathoner from Britain had been slogging through the snow and ice out in the Canadian wilderness for 30 consecutive hours when his hands and feet started to turn raw. Meagan Flynn, Anchorage Daily News, "Arctic marathoner donates amputated toes for Yukon hotel’s infamous cocktail," 14 June 2019 As Seay and students slogged through the collection, working to digitize it, there was always the lingering possibility of discovering unheard and unreleased gems. Washington Post, "College music department resurrects long-lost funk music," 27 June 2019 The 6-foot-3, 267-pound Roberts had originally committed to the Hurricanes last June, but backed off his verbal pledge in October as the Hurricanes slogged their way through what would eventually be a three-game losing streak. Christy Cabrera Chirinos,, "Hurricanes get commitment from four-star defensive end Elijah Roberts on first night of Paradise Camp," 22 June 2019 Similar to something like Fleabag S2 or Chernobyl, that time commitment feels refreshing after years of slogging through 90-plus minute Westworld or Game of Thrones sessions. Nathan Mattise, Ars Technica, "HBO’s Los Espookys will make you want to be a horror technician, too," 14 June 2019 And as the Warriors have slogged through five NBA championship runs, Thompson has maintained perspective on what this all means. Mark Medina, The Mercury News, "Klay Thompson has good news on hamstring entering Game 5," 9 June 2019 Zion Canyon is laced with other popular trails, from easy hikes including Emerald Pools (2.2 miles) to strenuous uphill slogs that lead to Angel’s Landing, Hidden Canyon, and Observation Point. Joe Yogerst, National Geographic, "Everything to know about Zion National Park," 9 May 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Should people be asked to sacrifice their physical and mental health — and their experience of life as something other than an exhausting, hopeless slog — for the survival of their families? Emily Guendelsberger, Vox, "I was a fast-food worker. Let me tell you about burnout.," 15 July 2019 With dozens of minutes of self-serious debate over whether or not to unleash the Titans, the movie is an unfocused slog. 2. Daniel Menegaz,, "Why Crawl is a better reptile monster movie than Godzilla: King of the Monsters," 12 July 2019 And the obstacles to challenging an incumbent shine through in Beth Kowitt’s penetrating story about Amazon’s (amzn, -0.30%) notably tough slog in establishing itself as a powerhouse in the grocery business. Adam Lashinsky, Fortune, "Amazon Seeks Grocery Relevancy With Whole Foods Acquisition," 22 May 2018 The bill’s long slog and eventual death caps months of contentious discussion on efforts to change Connecticut’s health care landscape. Jenna Carlesso,, "Public option bill, already weakened by debate, dies in the Senate," 6 June 2019 Retail rents fell in 2018 after soaring in recent years, and Chicago’s undisputed top shopping destination has faced a long slog in filling high-rent flagship spaces. Chicago Tribune Staff,, "Daywatch: What's in the Illinois state budget, 75th anniversary of D-Day and other things to know to start your day," 6 June 2019 Both are forecasting an uphill slog for the rebuilding Oregon Ducks. Ken Goe,, "What did David Ribich say to Centro at the USATF Champs? Oregon track & field rundown," 6 Mar. 2018 Summer is already a beastly hot, four-month slog for folks in the eastern Mediterranean. Doyle Rice, USA TODAY, "Summer daze: Hot season will be two months longer in eastern Mediterranean by 2100, study says," 14 Mar. 2018 For those daunted by the prospect of a slog through the fashion skeletons in their closets (circa-2005 gauchos, perhaps?) will send its very own Marlow into the heart of darkness that is your wardrobe. Veronique Hyland, Harper's BAZAAR, "Lilly's Closet," 6 Jan. 2011

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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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appealing forcibly to the mind or reason

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