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


1. See pace1. 3. toil, moil, labor.
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Examples from the Web for ploddingly

Historical Examples

  • Daniel Doyce, still wiping his forehead, ploddingly repeated.

    Little Dorrit

    Charles Dickens

  • For a week after Mariana's departure Algarcife worked on ploddingly.

  • Ploddingly and perseveringly he zigzags from one point to another.

    Talks on Talking

    Grenville Kleiser

  • The musicians had spent all their fine frenzy by now, and played only one tune, wearily, ploddingly.

    The Jungle

    Upton Sinclair

  • Grenville himself was ploddingly industrious and not without financial ability.

British Dictionary definitions for ploddingly


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
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  1. the act of plodding
  2. the sound of slow heavy steps
  3. British slang a policeman
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Derived Formsplodding, adjectiveploddingly, adverbploddingness, noun

Word Origin

C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for ploddingly



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

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