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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.
verb (used with object), plod·ded, plod·ding.
  1. to walk heavily over or along.
  1. the act or a course of plodding.
  2. 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

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1. See pace1. 3. toil, moil, labor. Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2018

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British Dictionary definitions for plodder


  1. a person who plods, esp one who works in a slow and persevering but uninspired manner


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
  1. the act of plodding
  2. the sound of slow heavy steps
  3. 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 plodder



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

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