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to hinder or obstruct with thick or sticky matter; choke up:
to clog a drain.
to crowd excessively, especially so that movement is impeded; overfill:
Cars clogged the highway.
to encumber; hamper; hinder.
to become clogged, encumbered, or choked up.
to stick; stick together.
to do a .
anything that impedes motion or action; an encumbrance; a hindrance.
a shoe or sandal with a thick sole of wood, cork, rubber, or the like.
a similar but lighter shoe worn in the .
a heavy block, as of wood, fastened to a person or beast to impede movement.
British Dialect. a thick piece of wood.
Contemporary Examples

Bloggers and street photographers will clog the entrances of each show incessantly posting to their Twitter and Instagram feeds.
Who to See and Where to be Seen: The Hot Tips for New York Fashion Week Barbara Ragghianti September 2, 2014

Historical Examples

The erudition is borne with ease; it does not clog or overload the poet’s impulse.
Renaissance in Italy, Volume 2 (of 7) John Addington Symonds

It seemed to clog the ears, and made breathing a deeper exercise.
Love and Lucy Maurice Henry Hewlett

Some advise hitching to a clog, but I generally use a stake, and seldom, ever lose a mink by footing.
Mink Trapping A. R. (Arthur Robert) Harding

Then there was the clog of his body, another separate thing.
The Prussian Officer D. H. Lawrence

Do you mean to say that my father has told you that he intends to clog his legacy with the burden of a wife?
Mr. Scarborough’s Family Anthony Trollope

Bring me that log over there, and I’ll fasten it to the chain for a clog.
Ben Comee M. J. (Michael Joseph) Canavan

But why record the feeble disjointed efforts of a soul struggling with her clog of earth?
Discipline Mary Brunton

They feel as though a burden were lifted off them, a clog removed.
Esoteric Christianity, or The Lesser Mysteries Annie Besant

“The clog’s got fast among the rocks in there, and he’s held as tight as can be; that’s what’s the matter,” Steve sang out.
With Trapper Jim in the North Woods Lawrence J. Leslie

verb clogs, clogging, clogged
to obstruct or become obstructed with thick or sticky matter
(transitive) to encumber; hinder; impede
(transitive) to fasten a clog or impediment to (an animal, such as a horse)
(intransitive) to adhere or stick in a mass
(slang) (in soccer) to foul (an opponent)

any of various wooden or wooden-soled shoes
(as modifier): clog dance

a heavy block, esp of wood, fastened to the leg of a person or animal to impede motion
something that impedes motion or action; hindrance
(slang) pop one’s clogs, to die
verb clogs, clogging, clogged
to use a photo-enabled mobile phone to take a photograph of (someone) and send it to a website without his or her knowledge or consent

early 14c., clogge “a lump of wood,” origin unknown. Also used in Middle English of large pieces of jewelry and large testicles. Cf. Norwegian klugu “knotty log of wood.” Meaning “anything that impedes action” is from 1520s. The sense of “wooden-soled shoe” is first recorded late 14c.; they were used as overshoes until the introduction of rubbers c.1840. Originally all wood (hence the name), later wooden soles with leather uppers for the front of the foot only. Later revived in fashion (c.1970), primarily for women. Clog-dancing is attested from 1863.

late 14c., “hinder,” originally by fastening a block of wood to something, from clog (n.). Meaning “choke up with extraneous matter” is 17c. Related: Clogged; clogging.


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