- 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 plodder
Clark was a big, easygoing fellow, a plodder, a fifteen-year man with the highway patrol.The Strange and Mysterious Death of Mrs. Jerry Lee Lewis
Richard Ben Cramer
January 11, 2014
I have not been the better for it; I was getting on faster while I was merely a plodder.Alice, or The Mysteries, Complete
He and Mira were at breakfast and Mrs. Plodder had come to help.Under Fire
He was what you might call a plodder—you might call him that.Lucy Maud Montgomery Short Stories, 1909 to 1922
Lucy Maud Montgomery
This contempt for the plodder extends also to the scholastic sphere.
It used to be asserted of Plodder that he was figuring for the Signal Corps.Campaigning with Crook and Stories of Army Life
- a person who plods, esp one who works in a slow and persevering but uninspired manner
- 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 plodder
1560s, of uncertain origin, perhaps imitative of the sound of walking heavily or slowly. Related: Plodded; plodding.
Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper