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[waw-ter-lawgd, -logd, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌlɔgd, -ˌlɒgd, ˈwɒt ər-/
so filled or flooded with water as to be heavy or unmanageable, as a ship.
excessively saturated with or as if with water:
waterlogged ground; waterlogged with fatigue.
Origin of waterlogged
1760-70; water + log1 (apparently in v. sense “(of water) to accumulate in a ship”) + -ed2


[waw-ter-lawg, -log, wot-er-] /ˈwɔ tərˌlɔg, -ˌlɒg, ˈwɒt ər-/
verb (used with object), waterlogged, waterlogging.
to cause (a boat, ship, etc.) to become uncontrollable as a result of flooding.
to soak, fill, or saturate with water so as to make soggy or useless.
verb (used without object), waterlogged, waterlogging.
to become saturated with water.
1770-80; apparently back formation from waterlogged Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2015.
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  • Soon its pretty leaves were waterlogged, and it sank down to bed with the grassy rottenness beside the whitish grasses.

    The Judge Rebecca West
  • She rose up in that waterlogged cart like a Statue of Liberty.

    Cape Cod Stories Joseph C. Lincoln
  • To-day it is the wreckage of a log roof, waterlogged in a boundless tawny sea of craters.

    Letters from France C. E. W. Bean
  • It was the old front line, now waterlogged and quite untenable.

    Q.6.a and Other places Francis Buckley
  • She does not roll as though she was waterlogged in any degree.

    Ruth Fielding Homeward Bound Alice B. Emerson
  • For many weeks only trench fighting has been possible owing to the climatic conditions and waterlogged state of the ground.

  • But now he saw that what he had mistaken for a waterlogged sunken hulk was indeed an under-sea boat, a submarine and a big one.

    The Radio Detectives A. Hyatt Verrill
  • Of the "Duke of Northumberland," they only knew a troopship of the name, and even that had been waterlogged!

    Confessions Of Con Cregan Charles James Lever
British Dictionary definitions for waterlogged


saturated with water
(of a vessel still afloat) having taken in so much water as to be unmanageable
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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Word Origin and History for waterlogged



1779, from water (n.1) + log (n.); the notion is of "reduce to a log-like condition."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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