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From Middle English schoggen (to shake up and down, jog), possibly from Middle Dutch schocken (to jolt, bounce) or Middle Low German schoggen, schucken (to shog); all from Proto-Germanic *skukkōną (to move, shake, tremble). More at shock.


shog (plural shogs)

  1. (archaic) jolt, shake (brisk movement)
    • 1808, John Dryden, The Works of John Dryden, Volume XVI. (of 18)[1]:
      The shog of the vessel threw a young Chinese (whom Xavier had christened, and carried along with him) into the sink, which was then open.
    • 1881, Dutton Cook, A Book of the Play[2]:
      Another's diving bow he did adore, Which, with a shog, casts all the hair before, Till he with full decorum brings it back, And rises with a water-spaniel shake.
    • 1899, George A. Aitken, The Tatler, Volume 1, 1899[3]:
      My learned friend assured me further, that the earth had lately received a shog from a comet that crossed its vortex, which, if it had come ten degrees nearer us, had made us lose this whole term.


shog (third-person singular simple present shogs, present participle shogging, simple past and past participle shogged)

  1. (archaic) to jolt or shake
    • John Milton
      Let them make shows of reforming while they will, so long as the church is mounted upon the prelatical cart, and not as it ought, between the hands of the ministers, it will but shake and totter; and he that sets to his hand, though with a good intent to hinder the shogging of it, in this unlawful wagonry wherein it rides, let him beware it be not fatal to him as it was to Uzza.
  2. (archaic) to depart, frequently with "off"
    • 1623, William Shakespeare, Henry V, Act II, Scene 3:
      Shall we shog? The king will be gone from Southampton.
    • 2007, John Cowper Powys, Porius:
      Porius's mind was divided between his excited interest in the emperor's famous counsellor and his fear lest in the growing darkness his foster-brother might shog off altogether.