[ plod ]
/ plɒd /

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.

Words nearby plod

Origin of plod

First recorded in 1555–65; perhaps imitative


1 See pace1.
3 toil, moil, labor.

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British Dictionary definitions for plodding

/ (plɒd) /

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 forms of plod

plodding, adjectiveploddingly, adverbploddingness, noun

Word Origin for plod

C16: of imitative origin
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