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clog (n.)

early 14c., clogge "a lump of wood," origin unknown. Also used in Middle English of large pieces of jewelry and large testicles. Compare Norwegian klugu "knotty log of wood." Meaning "anything that impedes action" is from 1520s, via the notion of "block or mass constituting an encumbrance."

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 of 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 "dancing performed in clogs" is attested from 1863.

clog (v.)

late 14c., "hinder, impede the movement of," originally by fastening a block of wood to something, from clog (n.). Meaning "choke up with extraneous matter" is 1670s; intransitive sense "become choked up with extraneous matter" is from 1755. Related: Clogged; clogging.

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Definitions of clog from WordNet
1
clog (v.)
become or cause to become obstructed;
The leaves clog our drains in the Fall
Synonyms: choke off / clog up / back up / congest / choke / foul
clog (v.)
dance a clog dance;
clog (v.)
impede the motion of, as with a chain or a burden;
horses were clogged until they were tamed
clog (v.)
impede with a clog or as if with a clog;
The market is being clogged by these operations
Synonyms: constipate /
clog (v.)
coalesce or unite in a mass;
Synonyms: clot
clog (v.)
fill to excess so that function is impaired;
The story was clogged with too many details
Fear clogged her mind
Synonyms: overload
2
clog (n.)
footwear usually with wooden soles;
Synonyms: geta / patten / sabot
clog (n.)
any object that acts as a hindrance or obstruction;
clog (n.)
a dance performed while wearing shoes with wooden soles; has heavy stamping steps;
Synonyms: clog dance / clog dancing
From wordnet.princeton.edu