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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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Examples from the web for waterlogged
  • These minerals began to crystallize between the waterlogged wood's cell walls.
  • He did not think his arrival there auspicious, for on the waterlogged crossing he recorded losing ten shirts and six nightshirts.
  • Rice might perhaps be possible, if the ground is waterlogged and global warming increases.
  • It also protects the skin from becoming waterlogged when a hippo is in the water.
  • Back then, much of the territory was an immense, waterlogged floodplain.
  • Its waterlogged nature draws a steady stream of visitors, but also makes it vulnerable to costly flooding.
  • He also kept the pool clear and blue, and free of waterlogged rabbits and lizards.
  • Nature has bequeathed a waterlogged landscape that makes every stride a mini-adventure.
  • The yellow and blue inks are pretty waterlogged, too.
  • Steaming whole artichokes is better than boiling because they don't become as waterlogged.
British Dictionary definitions for waterlogged


saturated with water
(of a vessel still afloat) having taken in so much water as to be unmanageable
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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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