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 plodding

Contemporary Examples of plodding

Historical Examples of plodding

  • While you were looking for her, she was plodding away out of sight.

  • Nat had been plodding along but now lifted his head with some show of interest.

    Rodney, the Ranger

    John V. Lane

  • He was plodding doggedly, every muscle aching from the unaccustomed strain.

    Prairie Flowers

    James B. Hendryx

  • M'iver, who was plodding beside MacDonald when he said these words, gave a laugh.

    John Splendid

    Neil Munro

  • Salmon-fishing, then, is a matter of chance, or of plodding patience.

    Angling Sketches

    Andrew Lang

British Dictionary definitions for plodding


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 plodding

"diligent and dull," 1580s, present participle adjective from plod (v.).



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

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper