- 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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Related Wordstramp, slog, lumber, trudge, plug, tread, stamp, hike, stomp, trample, wallow, flounder, drag, toil, clump, persevere, slave, scratch, grind, sweat
Examples from the Web for plodded
For the last few years, Bernanke and the Fed have plodded along.Ben Bernanke to Congress: You’re Doing It Wrong
May 22, 2013
At precisely 11:00, NRA president David Keene plodded slowly to the podium, bespectacled, white haired, and avuncular.The NRA: From Awful to Even Worse
December 22, 2012
And so Hollande—in reality every bit the political animal Sarkozy is—has plodded along under the radar.Against All Odds, Can Sarkozy Pull Out an Election Win vs. Hollande?
May 4, 2012
For most of the trip our mounts went untaxed as they plodded down into the valley and around one of the Mittens.Monument Valley From the Eyes of a Krazy Kat and John Ford Fan
February 3, 2012
And Caleb plodded up the stairs after her with his head down, amazed and sorrowful.
And again Caleb turned away, and plodded soberly off to young Nat's.
The brother only sighed again, as he plodded dreamily along, 'Hah!Little Dorrit
She plodded blindly back to the laundry, scarcely knowing where she was going.L'Assommoir
They landed at the little wharf and plodded through the heavy sand.Cap'n Eri
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
- 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 plodded
1560s, of uncertain origin, perhaps imitative of the sound of walking heavily or slowly. Related: Plodded; plodding.