Definition of grog in English:



mass noun
  • 1Spirits (originally rum) mixed with water.

    • ‘As the four sat down to a dinner of bread and grog that night, Nick pulled out a map.’
    • ‘The bicentennial anniversary of the battle is coming up later this year, be sure to take a measure of grog and toast Horatio Nelson on the day of the battle - October 21st.’
    • ‘I told him there must be a rational explanation and then locked him in the brig to live on bread and grog for a week.’
    • ‘‘Now, take this to him,’ he stated and handed her a mug of grog.’
    • ‘In his time waiting, he had discovered that the stuff they called grog suited his palate just fine.’
    • ‘Sir Francis' comments are just as likely to ring true as mine own, so consider these wise words as ye down your grog tonight.’
    • ‘You know, they made that grog, right, with the rum?’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But they took some solace from the hot grog that was served on the 21st to commemorate their first year at sea.’
    • ‘Now, having long since left behind the toil of the sea, he hefted flasks of whiskey instead of halyards, ladled grog instead of tar, or polished glass instead of brass.’
    • ‘The only thing she managed to get out of her was something about lots of grog and not enough sleep, before she turned over and promptly fell asleep again.’
    • ‘I've got a flagon of grog hanging from my neck, a pocket full of fascinating promotional cards with ladies' telephone numbers on them and the bold, brave spring of the tiger that quickens my walk.’
    • ‘He wrote that the condition usually struck after a year or more of voyaging, and he tried to delay its onset with generous rations of grog and compulsory dancing on deck to the tunes of a blind fiddler.’
    • ‘Peg legs, black swats, parrots, hooks, pigtails, grog, cutlasses - he has got it all.’
    • ‘Well, the late-night grog and rum parties really helped!’
    • ‘The grog had satiated her thirst, but had seemed to increase her hunger.’
    • ‘‘I know I've wasted a lot of money on grog, but I promise you that I'll try to control myself,’ his father said, sincerely.’
    • ‘A shot of local rum or creamy rum grog is a traditional accompaniment.’
    • ‘These rumors soon reached Hornblower who questioned if the man had gotten too large a ration of grog, hoping to make light of any such stories.’
    • ‘When men needed help, they hired it, and paid the going rate, which no longer included the traditional ration of grog.’
    1. 1.1NZ, Australian informal Alcoholic drink.
      • ‘Almost all our other social and health problems are derivative of our grog and drug problem: we solve grog and drugs, we will solve everything else, or at least be on our way to solving them.’
      • ‘Side shows and dodgems abounded and of course there was a few watering holes, killing off people with the chemically brewed grog.’
      • ‘In Australia, I've bought booze from a drive-thru grog shop - you don't even have to get out of the car to get loaded.’
      • ‘Rain or fine it is a great day, for drinking grog, meeting up with old mates and meeting a few new ones.’
      • ‘And that is that young men go into the white mining town and either break into one of the licenced clubs there to steal grog, or they steal grog from under the houses of the white mining community.’
      • ‘Still, so far, I haven't weakened, but if I do, there's the consolation that giving up grog and good food does wonders for your liver and waistline but little for your work, friends or peace of mind.’
      • ‘It was prohibition days and of course there was plenty of grog.’
      • ‘Bert's chair fell over backwards, and Eric dropped his mug of grog that he had been nursing the entire time.’
      • ‘The maximum penalty for running grog into a restricted area is $1000 or six months for a first offence, and $2000 or 12 months for a second, plus forfeiture of the vehicle or aircraft.’
      • ‘My parents laid in a huge supply of grog and it'll be outrageous!’
      • ‘They're in town drinking and getting sick from grog.’
      • ‘I guess that's what Americans call pasties (as distinct from pasty or indeed the Parisian grog, Pastis).’
      • ‘Several others were shouting out to the police, complaining of how their grog gets confiscated and tipped away.’
      • ‘At the risk of repeating myself, the game has to wean itself, and its players, away from its addition to grog - grog sponsors, grog nights, grog everything!’
      • ‘With more than a million cases consumed that year, this represented not only half a bottle of illegal grog for every adult in the country but also tens of millions of US dollars in lost customs duties.’
      • ‘I was hoping to slope away quietly but got caught by one of my Malawian friends who insisted we go down to the Caledonian for yet more grog.’
      • ‘Frankly, they are full of it - it being hot wine grog with a cinnamon stick.’
      • ‘The old days when drinkers rushed to down as much grog as possible before the pubs closed at 10 pm are long gone, but the desire to drink quickly and achieve a perfect state of intoxication remains as strong as ever.’
      • ‘Her husband smoked himself to death in 1952, and for the last 50 years, she regularly overspent her extremely generous allowance and ran up huge and embarrassing debts on clothes, jewels, horses and above all grog.’
      • ‘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.’
      alcohol, liquor, intoxicating liquor, alcoholic drink, strong drink, intoxicants
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  • 2Crushed unglazed pottery or brick used as an additive in plaster or clay.

    • ‘They were fired under reduced oxygen conditions, tempered exclusively with grog, and burnished and/or polished on the exterior vessel body and neck.’
    • ‘This vessel was incompletely oxidized during firing and has large amounts of grog and bone temper in its porous clay body.’
    • ‘Clay with more grog retains its shape longer; clay with less grog has less resistance when pulled.’
    • ‘While the clay is wet, I may add grog or dry clay to the surface.’
    • ‘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.’


[no object]grog up
NZ, Australian
  • Drink alcohol, especially to excess.

    ‘he's been seen grogging up at McIntyre's’
    • ‘Vacationists are coming from the city, where they have been used to grogging up before 9 o'clock.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He writes of bullock drivers grogging up at the bar, in 1849.’
    drink alcohol, take alcohol, tipple, indulge
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  • off the grog

    • informal Abstaining from drinking alcohol.

      ‘I'm supposed to be off the grog three nights a week’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's staying off the grog and looking after his health.’
      • ‘They had fooled their doctors into thinking they were off the grog.’
      • ‘Without the motivation of that daily burn session to eat well, and stay off the grog, I started throwing down the drinks at night.’
  • on the grog

    • informal Drinking alcohol, especially heavily.

      ‘a group of young locals are well and truly on the grog’
      • ‘They'll still be alcoholics and will inevitably go straight back on the grog as soon as they're released.’
      • ‘She'd been on the grog all Thursday night.’
      • ‘He got on the grog and was even locked up for his crimes.’
      • ‘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.’


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.