- a weight fastened to the leg of an animal to hinder motion
- anything that hinders or obstructs; hindrance
- a shoe, sandal, etc. with a thick, usually wooden, sole: light clogs are used in clog dancing
- clog dance
Origin of clogMiddle English clogge, a lump of wood from uncertain or unknown; perhaps clod, clod + logge, log
transitive verbclogged, clog′ging
- to hinder; impede
- to fill with obstructions or with thick, sticky matter; stop up; jam
- to become stopped up
- to become thick or sticky, so as to clog
- to do a clog dance
- An obstruction or hindrance.
- A weight, such as a block, attached to the leg of an animal to hinder movement.
- A heavy, traditionally wooden-soled shoe.
verbclogged, clog·ging, clogs
- To obstruct movement on or in; block up: Heavy traffic clogged the freeways.
- To hamper the function or activity of; impede: “attorneys clogging our courts with actions designed to harass state and local governments” ( Roslyn L. Anderson and Patricia L. Irvin )
- To become obstructed or choked up: The pipes had clogged with rust.
- To thicken or stick together; clot.
- To do a clog dance.
Origin of clogMiddle English block attached to an animal's leg
- A type of shoe with an inflexible, often wooden sole sometimes with an open heel.
- Dutch people rarely wear clogs these days.
- A blockage.
- The plumber cleared the clog from the drain.
- (UK, colloquial) A shoe of any type.
- A weight, such as a log or block of wood, attached to a person or animal to hinder motion.
- That which hinders or impedes motion; an encumbrance, restraint, or impediment of any kind.
(third-person singular simple present clogs, present participle clogging, simple past and past participle clogged)
Middle English clog (“weight attached to the leg of an animal to impede movement”)