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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 plodding
  • Compare that plodding, discriminating process to typing.
  • Ant birds keep guard over a bustling ant highway, and a land crab scuttles out of the way of our plodding feet.
  • Though a bit plodding, the three whistleblowers know their stuff.
  • But by then substantial progress far beyond previous plodding work will typically have been made.
  • Instead of plodding through history, dynasty by dynasty, textbooks are now arranged by themes such as politics and economics.
  • These plodding, incremental steps are not as exciting as high-flown dreams of perfect democracy.
  • However, plodding respectability is a far cry from entertainment.
  • Too much, rather than too little, story and plodding direction are the principal faults.
  • So, congratulations to anyone who stuck with this show through the somewhat plodding first four episodes.
  • But the movie's scenes feel cut to uniform length and arranged in plodding, unvarying rhythm.
British Dictionary definitions for plodding

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 plodding
adj.

"diligent and dull," 1580s, present participle adjective from plod (v.).

plod

v.

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

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