\ 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

Even though there are still two more workdays to slog through before the three-day weekend, a lot of sales have already kicked in and are available to shop right now. Banu Ibrahim, CNN Underscored, "Labor Day 2019 sales have begun! Your A-Z guide to the best deals," 29 Aug. 2019 But everything good in it is over by the first hour, leaving another 80 minutes to slog through., "Capsule movie reviews for Aug. 18," 14 Aug. 2019 Last fall, Joshua Maskill was slogging away at a car wash, but the 18-year-old was hoping for a better job opportunity. Vincent T. Davis,, "CPS Energy prepares next generation of San Antonio utility workers," 31 July 2019 Marine landing craft got stuck on coral reefs during low tide, and the men had to slog their way to the beach under heavy gunfire. Jason Daley, Smithsonian, "Remains of 30 Service Members Killed in WWII Unearthed at Tarawa," 28 June 2019 The 2019 Mississippi River flood fight is going to slog deep into the summer — and maybe much longer. Daniel Cusick, Scientific American, "No End in Sight for Record Midwest Flood Crisis," 26 June 2019 Tales of backstage debauchery are a reader’s reward for slogging through endless reminiscences about a singer’s childhood pets or their parents’ divorce. Allison Stewart, Washington Post, "Rock-musician memoirs have a distancing effect, but Ben Folds is as relatable as ever," 31 July 2019 When people think of their high school English classes, a few things usually tend to come to mind: memorizing sonnets, slogging through long novels with arcane language, and — of course — cramming before tests using SparkNotes. Madeline Fitzgerald, Time, "To Meme, or Not to Meme? Meet the 26-Year-Old Woman Behind SparkNotes' Genius Twitter Account," 30 July 2019 The Obama Justice Department declined to pursue a criminal charge against Holder, and the contempt case against him wound up slogging through the court system for years. NBC News, "House to vote on criminal contempt against Attorney General Barr, Commerce Secretary Ross over census," 17 July 2019

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

The Giants are still working on the date, but the 33-year-old is eager to end the 13-month slog of a Tommy John surgery rehab and pitch in the majors again. Henry Schulman,, "Giants’ Johnny Cueto’s ready to resume bid to pitch until he is 40," 1 Sep. 2019 But persuading them to change their habits and adopt a brand-new technology could be a tough slog. Paul Vigna, WSJ, "Facebook Says Libra Can Change the World. It Needs to Convince Users.," 26 June 2019 Even springy 21-year-old legs need the occasional break from the minor league slog. Los Angeles Times, "Who is Gavin Lux, the Dodgers prospect deemed untouchable at the trade deadline?," 19 Aug. 2019 Sestak isn’t daunted by the obvious obstacles, the hard slog and long odds. Ephrat Livni, Quartz, "Meet the intriguing presidential candidate you haven’t seen on the debate stage," 17 Aug. 2019 Likewise, the Accord's controlled body motions and supple ride quality encourage its occupants to relax during the everyday slog. Car and Driver, "2019 10Best Cars," 28 Nov. 2018 The slog of summer temperatures can take a toll on the mind as well as the body. Trevor Fraser,, "Winter Park art museums have cure for summer doldrums," 2 July 2019 This also represented a belief in the hard slog of incremental improvement, ingrained in Mr Obama by his study of history as well as by the political moment. The Economist, "The idea of reparations for slavery is a morally appealing but flawed," 29 June 2019 Instead, 24 people—including Tasaki’s president Toshikazu Tajima, as well as a smattering of the city’s jewelry luminaries and a few editors who had just finished up a month-long slog of shows—sat at a chicly deconstructed version of a sushi bar. Mark Holgate, Vogue, "Prabal Gurung Wore a Pearl Earring to His Dinner Celebrating Tasaki’s New London Store," 8 Mar. 2019

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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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