March 24, 2013
logy (adjective)
\LOH-ghee\ Hear it!
What does it mean?
: sluggish, tired
How do you use it?
After the long hike to the top of the mountain and back down again, we were really logy.
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All of the words below have meanings that are similar to the meaning of "logy." Which one do you think also came into English at about the same time as "logy"?

Both "groggy" and "logy" appeared in the first half of the 19th century. All the other words go back to the 1500s or earlier. No one is really sure about the origin of "logy," but experts speculate that it comes from the Dutch word "log," meaning "heavy." "Groggy" comes from "Old Grog," the nickname of the English admiral Edward Vernon, who was notorious for his cloak made of a fabric called grogram, and for adding water to his crew's rum. The sailors called the rum mixture "grog" after the admiral. Because of the effect of grog, "groggy" came to mean "weak and unsteady on the feet or in action."
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