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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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Examples from the web for plodded
  • Because the thought leaders in our industry are not the ones who plodded dully, step by step, up the career ladder.
  • It gives a spark of excitement to a candidacy that has so far plodded from one unconvincing moment to another.
  • Instead he has struggled to adapt to politics, and has plodded overcautiously.
  • Despite the varied opposition, the idea of a manmade outlet has plodded along for the duration of the flood.
  • He plodded slowly after me, but without much enthusiasm.
  • But by then the rumor had plodded from chat rooms to the mainstream, especially on college campuses.
  • Others drove the teams as they plodded along the towpaths.
  • For weeks, the team plodded through their time at sea.
  • He plodded forward in an awkward manner, hands hanging at his sides or folded behind his back.
British Dictionary definitions for plodded

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 plodded

plod

v.

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

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