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English

Etymology

Scandinavian: klag: mud

Pronunciation

Noun

Singular
clag

Plural
-

clag (-)
  1. A glue or paste made from starch.
  2. Low cloud, fog or smog.
    • 1993: Harry Furniss, Memoirs - One: The Flying Game
      The sky was thick with dirty gray clag
    • 2001: Colin Castle, Lucky Alex: The Career of Group Captain A.M. Jardine Afc, CD, Seaman and Airman
      This programme included practice interceptions, simulator training, day flying, night flying, clag flying -- in addition to... [a footnote states that clag flying was Air Force slang for foul weather flying.]
    • 2004: David A Barr, One Lucky Canuck: An Autobiography
      We went along in the clag for what seemed like an eternity [a footnote defines clag as low cloud cover]
  3. (Railway slang) Unburned carbon (smoke) from a diesel locomotive or multiple unit.

Derived terms

Verb

Infinitive
to clag

Third person singular
clags

Simple past
clagged

Past participle
clagged

Present participle
clagging

to clag (third-person singular simple present clags, present participle clagging, simple past and past participle clagged)
  1. (obsolete) To encumber
    • c1620:Thomas Heywood, Thomas Heywood's Art of Love: The First Complete English Translation of Ovid's Ars Amatoria
      As when the orchard boughes are clag'd with fruite
    • 1725: Edward Taylor, Preparatory Meditations
      Can such draw to me/My stund affections all with Cinders clag'd
  2. To stick, like boots in mud
    • 1999: "A queen of a Santee kitchen, pre-war", quoted by Mary Alston Read Simms in the Introduction to Rice Planter and Sportsman: The Recollections of J. Motte Alston, 1821-1909
      Wash the rice well in two waters, if you don't wash 'em, 'e will clag [clag means get sticky] and put 'em in a pot of well-salted boiling water.

Scottish Gaelic

Noun

clag m., gen/pl cluig

  1. A bell

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