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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 of plod
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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  • He told the story of the eviction and his companion listened as they plodded up the hill.

    Tom Slade Percy K. Fitzhugh
  • And again Caleb turned away, and plodded soberly off to young Nat's.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • When I had gone away to see the world, he had plodded on patiently in the narrow valley to keep a home for me.

  • And Caleb plodded up the stairs after her with his head down, amazed and sorrowful.

    Meadow Grass Alice Brown
  • But they plodded through it, faces set, sweating and agonized.

    The Invaders Benjamin Ferris
  • The brother only sighed again, as he plodded dreamily along, 'Hah!

    Little Dorrit Charles Dickens
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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