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plod

[plod] /plɒd/
verb (used without object), plodded, plodding.
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), plodded, plodding.
4.
to walk heavily over or along.
noun
5.
the act or a course of plodding.
6.
a sound of a heavy tread.
Origin
1555-1565
1555-65; perhaps imitative
Related forms
plodder, noun
ploddingly, adverb
ploddingness, noun
outplod, verb (used with object), outplodded, outplodding.
unplodding, adjective
Synonyms
1. See pace1 . 3. toil, moil, labor.
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  • Soon he will plod up the ridge, turn, and again hurl himself diagonally down the slope.
  • Some zoom along the highway, while others plod past stop signs and red lights.
  • They plod along at a pace that can both raise the tension or droop the eyelids.
  • His slowness is a proverb, of course: his museumgoer's shuffle, his hospital plod.
  • But as you plod through the other stories, you feel too often that you are reading yesterday's papers.
  • Must plod along all night instead of being in a comfortable bed.
  • Snakes slither, mice scuttle, and turtles plod along in the herb layer.
  • Compounding the slow responses was the necessity to plod through far too many mouse clicks to display a single chart.
British Dictionary definitions for plod

plod

/plɒd/
verb plods, plodding, plodded
1.
to make (one's way) or walk along (a path, road, etc) with heavy usually slow steps
2.
(intransitive) to work slowly and perseveringly
noun
3.
the act of plodding
4.
the sound of slow heavy steps
5.
(Brit, slang) a policeman
Derived Forms
plodding, adjective
ploddingly, adverb
ploddingness, noun
Word Origin
C16: of imitative origin
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Word Origin and History for plod
v.

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

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