The Collaborative International Dictionary of English v.0.48:
Clog \Clog\ (kl[o^]g), n. [OE. clogge clog, Scot. clag, n., a
clot, v., to to obstruct, cover with mud or anything
adhesive; prob. of the same origin as E. clay.]
1. That which hinders or impedes motion; hence, an
encumbrance, restraint, or impediment, of any kind.
All the ancient, honest, juridical principles and
institutions of England are so many clogs to check
and retard the headlong course of violence and
2. A weight, as a log or block of wood, attached to a man or
an animal to hinder motion.
As a dog . . . but chance breaks loose,
And quits his clog. --Hudibras.
A clog of lead was round my feet. --Tennyson.
3. A shoe, or sandal, intended to protect the feet from wet,
or to increase the apparent stature, and having,
therefore, a very thick sole. Cf. Chopine.
In France the peasantry goes barefoot; and the
middle sort . . . makes use of wooden clogs.
Clog almanac, a primitive kind of almanac or calendar,
formerly used in England, made by cutting notches and
figures on the four edges of a clog, or square piece of
wood, brass, or bone; -- called also a Runic staff, from
the Runic characters used in the numerical notation.
Clog dance, a dance performed by a person wearing clogs, or