verb (used without object), plod·ded, plod·ding.

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), plod·ded, plod·ding.

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 formsplod·der, nounplod·ding·ly, adverbplod·ding·ness, nounout·plod, verb (used with object), out·plod·ded, out·plod·ding.un·plod·ding, adjective

Synonyms for plod

1. See pace1. 3. toil, moil, labor. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

Examples from the Web for plodded

Contemporary Examples of plodded

Historical Examples of plodded

  • And Caleb plodded up the stairs after her with his head down, amazed and sorrowful.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • And again Caleb turned away, and plodded soberly off to young Nat's.

    Meadow Grass

    Alice Brown

  • The brother only sighed again, as he plodded dreamily along, 'Hah!

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • She plodded blindly back to the laundry, scarcely knowing where she was going.


    Emile Zola

  • They landed at the little wharf and plodded through the heavy sand.

    Cap'n Eri

    Joseph Crosby Lincoln

British Dictionary definitions for plodded


verb plods, plodding or plodded

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
Derived Formsplodding, adjectiveploddingly, adverbploddingness, noun

Word Origin for plod

C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for plodded



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper