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[plod] /plɒd/
verb (used without object), plodded, plodding.
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.
verb (used with object), plodded, plodding.
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
Related forms
plodder, noun
ploddingly, adverb
ploddingness, noun
outplod, verb (used with object), outplodded, outplodding.
unplodding, adjective
1. See pace1 . 3. toil, moil, labor. Unabridged
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  • What was there left but the weary plod, plod, and dust of years?

    The Gentleman From Indiana Booth Tarkington
  • It was almost nowhere possible to trot, and we had to plod on, step by step.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • 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
  • I will plod for hours and hours at a time, and at every turn I am handicapped.

    Psychotherapy Hugo Mnsterberg
  • They watched the squad in blue, now afoot, plod on down the road.

    Ride Proud, Rebel! Andre Alice Norton
  • There were muddy roads to plod through and treacherous sloughs to cross.

    The Eagle's Heart Hamlin Garland
  • Travellers have to plod through the wilderness as they best can.

    Away in the Wilderness R.M. Ballantyne
British Dictionary definitions for plod


verb plods, plodding, plodded
to make (one's way) or walk along (a path, road, etc) with heavy usually slow steps
(intransitive) to work slowly and perseveringly
the act of plodding
the sound of slow heavy steps
(Brit, slang) a policeman
Derived Forms
plodding, adjective
ploddingly, adverb
ploddingness, noun
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin
Collins English Dictionary - Complete & Unabridged 2012 Digital Edition
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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
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