verb (used without object), plodded, plodding.
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), plodded, plodding.
to walk heavily over or along.
the act or a course of plodding.
a sound of a heavy tread.

1555–65; perhaps imitative

plodder, noun
ploddingly, adverb
ploddingness, noun
outplod, verb (used with object), outplodded, outplodding.
unplodding, adjective

1. See pace1. 3. toil, moil, labor. Unabridged
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plod (plɒd)
vb , plods, plodding, 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
3.  the act of plodding
4.  the sound of slow heavy steps
5.  slang (Brit) a policeman
[C16: of imitative origin]

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Word Origin & History

1562, of uncertain origin, perhaps imitative of the sound of walking heavily or slowly. Plodding "diligent and dull" is attested from 1589.
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Example sentences
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.
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