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verb (used without object), plod·ded, plod·ding.
  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.
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verb (used with object), plod·ded, plod·ding.
  1. to walk heavily over or along.
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  1. the act or a course of plodding.
  2. a sound of a heavy tread.
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Origin of plod

First recorded in 1555–65; perhaps imitative
Related formsplod·der, nounplod·ding·ly, adverbplod·ding·ness, nounout·plod, verb (used with object), out·plod·ded, out·plod·ding.un·plod·ding, adjective


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1. See pace1. 3. toil, moil, labor.
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verb plods, plodding or plodded
  1. to make (one's way) or walk along (a path, road, etc) with heavy usually slow steps
  2. (intr) to work slowly and perseveringly
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  1. the act of plodding
  2. the sound of slow heavy steps
  3. British slang a policeman
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Derived Formsplodding, adjectiveploddingly, adverbploddingness, noun

Word Origin

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.

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