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[slog] /slɒg/
verb (used with object), slogged, slogging.
to hit hard, as in boxing or cricket; slug.
to drive with blows.
verb (used without object), slogged, slogging.
to deal heavy blows.
to walk or plod heavily.
to toil.
a long, tiring walk or march.
long, laborious work.
a heavy blow.
Origin of slog
1850-55; variant of slug2
Related forms
slogger, noun Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for slogging
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  • It began to rain gustily, and then settled down to a steady, slogging downpour.

  • He had been slogging into it like a Trojan and had done quite a lot.

  • All through the night our heavy guns were slogging, and through the dark wet mist there was the blurred light of their flashes.

  • She receives smashing blows, but she advances; it is a slogging fight, and not a scientific campaign.

    The Mirror of the Sea Joseph Conrad
  • He'd have to do it every day after, that was certain, and Sturton might invite Harvey to give him a slogging.

    King of Ranleigh F. S. (Frederick Sadlier) Brereton
  • His glance travelled to Potch, who was slogging at the cement stone again.

    The Black Opal Katharine Susannah Prichard
  • Her heart seemed by its slogging beat to be urging some argument upon her.

    The Judge Rebecca West
  • I'm surprised that you've been slogging away in London all through the stifling summer.

    The Call of the Town John Alexander Hammerton
  • Let the infantry do the slogging through the mud; the brass-hats got the medals.

    Omnilingual H. Beam Piper
  • Once this slogging labor was under way Jason turned his attention to the crude mechanism that they were powering.

    The Ethical Engineer Henry Maxwell Dempsey
British Dictionary definitions for slogging


verb slogs, slogging, slogged
to hit with heavy blows, as in boxing
(intransitive) to work hard; toil
(intransitive; foll by down, up, along, etc) to move with difficulty; plod
(cricket) to score freely by taking large swipes at the ball
a tiring hike or walk
long exhausting work
a heavy blow or swipe
Derived Forms
slogger, noun
Word Origin
C19: of unknown origin
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Word Origin and History for slogging



1824, "hit hard," probably a variant of slug (v.3) "to strike." Sense of "walk doggedly" first recorded 1872. Related: Slogged; slogger; slogging.


1846, "a hard hit," from slog (v.). Sense of "spell of hard work" is from 1888.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for slogging



  1. A pudgy, generally unattractive, and untidy person: You great, fat slob!/ a big slob with a chin that stuck out like a shelf
  2. A slovenly and disorderly person; a sloppy and disheveled person: What a slob! You'd think his room was the town dump
  3. A mediocre person, esp one who is likely to fail or be victimized: just another poor slob

[1861+; fr Anglo-Irish, used affectionately of a quiet, fat, slow child]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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