Definition of grog in English:

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Pronunciation: /ɡräɡ/


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 Alcoholic drink, especially beer.
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.
1.2Crushed 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.


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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Syllabification: grog

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