wa·​ter·​logged ˈwȯ-tər-ˌlȯgd How to pronounce waterlogged (audio)
: so filled or soaked with water as to be heavy or hard to manage
waterlogged boats
: saturated with water
waterlogged soil

Examples of waterlogged in a Sentence

The ground was completely waterlogged. waterlogged soil that caused the roots of the potted plant to rot
Recent Examples on the Web Storms blew through North Texas earlier this week bringing more rain to an already waterlogged region. Ella Gonzales, Fort Worth Star-Telegram, 9 May 2024 But the Venice Biennale will test the strength of Pedrosa’s curatorial formula and its ability to capture the attention of global audiences who also will be touching down at some 90 national pavilions and dozens of independent collateral events throughout the waterlogged city. Zachary Small, New York Times, 10 Apr. 2024 Today’s great photo is from Times photographer Brian van der Brug at the Klamath River, which has returned to its ancient channel and is flowing unhindered for the first time in more than a century through miles of waterlogged lands. Anthony De Leon, Los Angeles Times, 26 Mar. 2024 Players battle through the waterlogged pitch at Snapdragon Stadium. Patrick Smith, NBC News, 7 Mar. 2024 Unfortunately, all that moisture has one big drawback for outdoor recreation: muddy, waterlogged trails. Michael Charboneau, Los Angeles Times, 29 Feb. 2024 But on closer inspection, visitors might notice the tree stumps and exposed rock caused by erosion or feel their shoes sink into waterlogged fields. Hilary Howard, New York Times, 22 Feb. 2024 The egg was one of four unearthed in a waterlogged Roman pit in Aylesbury, England, during a 2010 excavation. Catherine Duncan, Smithsonian Magazine, 16 Feb. 2024 Despite several days of relentless downpours in Los Angeles, not even record-breaking rainfall could dissuade partygoers from braving the city's waterlogged streets for an exclusive evening with Dior to celebrate the relaunch of Rouge Dior. Rachel Besser, Vogue, 6 Feb. 2024

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Word History


water entry 1 + log to accumulate in the hold

First Known Use

1759, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Time Traveler
The first known use of waterlogged was in 1759

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“Waterlogged.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/waterlogged. Accessed 25 May. 2024.

Kids Definition


wa·​ter·​logged ˈwȯt-ər-ˌlȯgd How to pronounce waterlogged (audio)
: so filled or soaked with water as to be heavy or hard to manage
a waterlogged boat

Medical Definition


wa·​ter·​logged -ˌlägd How to pronounce waterlogged (audio)
: edematous
the scrotum and abdominal wall become waterloggedR. L. Cecil & R. F. Loeb

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