\ ˈpläd How to pronounce plod (audio) \
plodded; plodding

Definition of plod

intransitive verb

1 : to work laboriously and monotonously : drudge
2a : to walk heavily or slowly : trudge
b : to proceed slowly or tediously the movie's plot just plods along

transitive verb

: to tread slowly or heavily along or over

Other Words from plod

plod noun
plodder noun
ploddingly \ ˈplä-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce plod (audio) \ adverb

Examples of plod in a Sentence

We plodded through mud that came up past our ankles. I could hear my roommate plodding up the steps to our apartment. We plodded our way across the muddy field. He plodded through his work. The day was plodding along.
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Recent Examples on the Web Staley lamented his offense’s inability to remain disciplined and plod its way down the field. Jeff Miller, Los Angeles Times, 31 Oct. 2021 But on this morning, Bailey, 45, could barely plod along. Caroline Catherman,, 29 Oct. 2021 And then Russ or his loins or one of his other two children would plod around, with their turnips and their long johns and their self-pity, and my resting heart rate would reinstate itself. Molly Young, Vulture, 30 Sep. 2021 What can be all the more agonizing is that the lawsuits plod along with legal depositions, evidentiary findings and pretrial hearings for years. Richard A. Serrano Los Angeles Times, Star Tribune, 30 June 2021 Dow futures slip, while S&P and Nasdaq inch higher US stock futures continue to plod along slowly – albeit in record territory. Cnn Business, CNN, 14 Apr. 2021 The time-blindness of working from home and having no social plans left me with no real reason to plod over to my refrigerator at any specific hour of the day. Amanda Mull, The Atlantic, 5 Mar. 2021 There is a disconnect with those others still trying to plod along that won’t be fixed until conferences’ protocols align for all sports. Chris Solari, Detroit Free Press, 9 Dec. 2020 From the first day of practice in October, when the players and coaches donned masks to plod carefully through a pandemic, there was no guarantee things would chug along smoothly. David Ginsburg, Star Tribune, 3 Dec. 2020

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First Known Use of plod

1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for plod

origin unknown

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8 Nov 2021

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English Language Learners Definition of plod

: to walk slowly and usually heavily : trudge
: to progress or develop slowly


\ ˈpläd How to pronounce plod (audio) \
plodded; plodding

Kids Definition of plod

: to move or travel slowly but steadily

Other Words from plod

plodder noun

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