- 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
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Examples from the Web for plodding
And the plodding pace of the French justice system has a way of interfering with career plans, no matter what the ultimate ruling.IMF Chief Lagarde Placed Under Formal Investigation in France
August 27, 2014
The tunes might be used to bang the drum to, but they provide a plodding pulse for American stamina.What Kind of Patriot Are You? 9 Fourth of July Books for Different Viewpoints
The Daily Beast
July 2, 2012
Instead of trying to be something he is not, why not make the case to voters that boring and plodding can be good.The Next GOP Cattle Call
June 13, 2011
His likely successor, Ayman al-Zawahri, is cold, plodding, and officious.Are Al Qaeda's Fighters Depressed?
May 4, 2011
Several feature films about Osama bin Laden have been plodding along for years.Osama bin Laden: Hollywood’s Pet Villain
May 7, 2011
While you were looking for her, she was plodding away out of sight.Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood
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
Salmon-fishing, then, is a matter of chance, or of plodding patience.Angling Sketches
- 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
Word Origin and History for plodding
"diligent and dull," 1580s, present participle adjective from plod (v.).
1560s, of uncertain origin, perhaps imitative of the sound of walking heavily or slowly. Related: Plodded; plodding.