Definition of grog in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡrɒɡ/


[mass noun]
1Spirits (originally rum) mixed with water.
Example sentences
  • The rest of the rum was poured into a large tub and mixed with water - three parts water to one of rum (after 1938, only two parts water) - to become grog, which was what the ratings got.
  • Well, the late-night grog and rum parties really helped!
  • A shot of local rum or creamy rum grog is a traditional accompaniment.
1.1 informal or Australian /NZ Alcoholic drink.
Example sentences
  • Rain or fine it is a great day, for drinking grog, meeting up with old mates and meeting a few new ones.
  • He knew it would be torture to have to drink a mug of grog at each and every one, but he would do it if it meant finding the correct tavern.
  • They're in town drinking and getting sick from grog.
2Crushed unglazed pottery or brick used as an additive in plaster or clay.
Example sentences
  • Clay with more grog retains its shape longer; clay with less grog has less resistance when pulled.
  • It was referred to as ‘lithpodipyra’, the Greek for ‘twice-fired stone’, on account of the mixture of grog and pre-fired clay ground up with flint to form a paste.
  • While the clay is wet, I may add grog or dry clay to the surface.


[no object] (grog up)
Australian /NZ informal Drink alcohol, especially to excess: he’s been seen grogging up at McIntyre’s
More example sentences
  • Mr Philup, if he felt like grogging up with the locals, would drive him in.
  • I just don't feel like going out and grogging up tonight.
  • Vacationists are coming from the city, where they have been used to grogging up before 9 o'clock.



off the grog

Australian /NZ informal Abstaining from drinking alcohol: I’m supposed to be off the grog three nights a week
More example sentences
  • He's staying off the grog and looking after his health.
  • He swore off the grog before becoming prime minister.
  • "I've been off the grog for 51 years," he says with a smile and a shake of the head.

on the grog

Australian /NZ informal Drinking alcohol, especially heavily: a group of young locals are well and truly on the grog
More example sentences
  • I shudder to think of the risks associated with fitting one of these and then mistaking your convenience for your refrigerator after a hard night on the grog.
  • They are propping each other up like weather-beaten old sailors after a night on the grog.
  • He got on the grog and was even locked up for his crimes.


Mid 18th century: said to be from Old Grog, the reputed nickname (because of his grogram cloak) of Admiral Vernon (1684–1757), who in 1740 first ordered diluted (instead of neat) rum to be served out to sailors.

  • This word for alcoholic drink is said to be from Old Grog, the reputed nickname (given to him because of his grogram cloak) of Admiral Vernon (1684–1757): in 1740 he first ordered diluted rum to be served out to sailors instead of the traditional neat rum. Grogram (mid 16th century) was a heavy fabric which got its name from French gros grain ‘course grain’, also found in the name of the lighter silk fabric grosgrain (mid 19th century).

Words that rhyme with grog

agog, befog, blog, bog, clog, cog, dog, flog, fog, hog, Hogg, hotdog, jog, log, nog, prog, slog, smog, snog, sprog, tautog, tog, trog

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