- to walk heavily or move laboriously; trudge: to plod under the weight of a burden.
- to proceed in a tediously slow manner: The play just plodded along in the second act.
- to work with constant and monotonous perseverance; drudge.
- to walk heavily over or along.
- the act or a course of plodding.
- a sound of a heavy tread.
Origin of plod
First recorded in 1555–65; perhaps imitative
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1. See pace1. 3. toil, moil, labor.
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Examples from the Web for plod
He was slower than the rest, less imaginative, and he tended to plod a bit.What It Was Like to Watch the Beatles Become the Beatles—Nik Cohn Remembers
February 9, 2014
What was there left but the weary plod, plod, and dust of years?The Gentleman From Indiana
It was almost nowhere possible to trot, and we had to plod on, step by step.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
There was nothing for it but to plod along, for there were no houses on that road.
Jack might plod along all his life and never have a dollar ahead.Pretty Madcap Dorothy
Laura Jean Libbey
All they could do was to plod on and drag their horses after them.Two Arrows
William O. Stoddard
- to make (one's way) or walk along (a path, road, etc) with heavy usually slow steps
- (intr) to work slowly and perseveringly
- the act of plodding
- the sound of slow heavy steps
- British slang a policeman
C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for plod
1560s, of uncertain origin, perhaps imitative of the sound of walking heavily or slowly. Related: Plodded; plodding.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper