A clog is a blockage, or something that gets in the way. A clog in your kitchen sink might mean you have to call a plumber before you can wash your dishes.

A clog obstructs water from flowing through pipes, and it can also be figurative, like a clog in your city's restaurant inspection system that makes it impossible for people to open new cafes. When clog is a verb, it means to cause such a hindrance. A completely different kind of clog is a heavy, wooden-soled shoe. In the 14th century, a clogge was a "lump of wood," and the verb first meant, "hinder with a block of wood."

Primary Meanings of clog

any object that acts as a hindrance or obstruction
become or cause to become obstructed
footwear usually with wooden soles
dance a clog dance
Full Definitions of clog

n any object that acts as a hindrance or obstruction

Type of:
encumbrance, hinderance, hindrance, hitch, incumbrance, interference, preventative, preventive
any obstruction that impedes or is burdensome

v become or cause to become obstructed

“The leaves clog our drains in the Fall”
back up, choke, choke off, clog up, congest, foul
become or cause to become unobstructed
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gum up
stick together as if with gum
crap up
become obstructed or chocked up
block, choke up, lug, stuff
silt, silt up
become chocked with silt
Type of:
block, close up, impede, jam, obstruct, obturate, occlude
block passage through

v impede with a clog or as if with a clog

“The market is being clogged by these operations”
Type of:
slow, slow down, slow up
cause to proceed more slowly

v impede the motion of, as with a chain or a burden

“horses were clogged until they were tamed”
Type of:
constrain, cumber, encumber, restrain
hold back

v coalesce or unite in a mass

Type of:
fuse or cause to grow together

v fill to excess so that function is impaired

“Fear clogged her mind”
“The story was clogged with too many details”
Type of:
fill, fill up, make full
make full, also in a metaphorical sense

n footwear usually with wooden soles

geta, patten, sabot
Type of:
footgear, footwear
covering for a person's feet

n a dance performed while wearing shoes with wooden soles; has heavy stamping steps

clog dance, clog dancing
Type of:
tap dance, tap dancing
a dance step tapped out audibly with the feet

v dance a clog dance

Type of:
dance, trip the light fantastic, trip the light fantastic toe
move in a pattern; usually to musical accompaniment; do or perform a dance

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