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plod

[plod] /plɒd/
verb (used without object), plodded, plodding.
1.
to walk heavily or move laboriously; trudge:
to plod under the weight of a burden.
2.
to proceed in a tediously slow manner:
The play just plodded along in the second act.
3.
to work with constant and monotonous perseverance; drudge.
verb (used with object), plodded, plodding.
4.
to walk heavily over or along.
noun
5.
the act or a course of plodding.
6.
a sound of a heavy tread.
Origin of plod
1555-1565
First recorded in 1555-65; perhaps imitative
Related forms
plodder, noun
ploddingly, adverb
ploddingness, noun
outplod, verb (used with object), outplodded, outplodding.
unplodding, adjective
Synonyms
1. See pace1 . 3. toil, moil, labor.
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  • While you were looking for her, she was plodding away out of sight.

    Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood George MacDonald
  • Nat had been plodding along but now lifted his head with some show of interest.

    Rodney, the Ranger John V. Lane
  • He was plodding doggedly, every muscle aching from the unaccustomed strain.

    Prairie Flowers

    James B. Hendryx
  • M'iver, who was plodding beside MacDonald when he said these words, gave a laugh.

    John Splendid Neil Munro
  • Salmon-fishing, then, is a matter of chance, or of plodding patience.

    Angling Sketches Andrew Lang
  • We had been plodding on with the vague idea that it was a delightful book.

    By the Christmas Fire

    Samuel McChord Crothers
British Dictionary definitions for plodding

plod

/plɒd/
verb plods, plodding, plodded
1.
to make (one's way) or walk along (a path, road, etc) with heavy usually slow steps
2.
(intransitive) to work slowly and perseveringly
noun
3.
the act of plodding
4.
the sound of slow heavy steps
5.
(Brit, slang) a policeman
Derived Forms
plodding, adjective
ploddingly, adverb
ploddingness, noun
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for plodding
adj.

"diligent and dull," 1580s, present participle adjective from plod (v.).

plod

v.

1560s, of uncertain origin, perhaps imitative of the sound of walking heavily or slowly. Related: Plodded; plodding.

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