\ˈpläd \
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

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Other Words from plod

plod noun
plodder noun
ploddingly \ ˈplä-​diŋ-​lē \ 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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Valedictorian Ashley Bryant recalled running a plodding 5K race six years earlier for her father’s employer, ESPN. Matthew Ormseth,, "Berlin Bids Graduates Goodbye; Superintendent Urges Them To Cherish Life's Moments," 24 June 2018 The finish line advances and recedes, but the idea is to keep plodding forward regardless. Bob Ford,, "Passing on Michael Porter Jr. in NBA draft shows change in how Sixers view themselves | Bob Ford," 22 June 2018 On a drizzly December afternoon in western Massachusetts, U.S. Geological Survey wildlife biologists Evan Grant and Adrianne Brand stop their car on the side of the road and plod into the wet forest through a break in the oaks and white pines. Geoffrey Giller, Discover Magazine, "The Salamander Army," 15 June 2018 Read more: The race is on to design and develop the vehicles that replace Ford’s plodding sedans. Mark Phelan, Detroit Free Press, "Ford's plan without sedans: 9 things to know," 1 June 2018 The right-hander typically plods through June, picks up his stride in July and practices precision in August and September as the stakes increase. David Haugh,, "Kyle Hendricks' mastery of Giants suggests sabbatical over for 'The Professor'," 10 July 2018 After four months in the warehouse, four months of plodding slowly behind the whirlybirds because anything quicker than a walk agitated them, Bo felt slow. Andrew Liptak, The Verge, "A transgender girl rises up against alien invaders in Rich Larson’s novel Annex," 8 July 2018 Typically, the offending vehicle turns out to be the newspaper-delivery person, plodding through the suburbs to bring print news to the residents who still read it that way. Ian Bogost, The Atlantic, "What Petty Nextdoor Posts Reveal About America," 20 June 2018 Stiff, plodding guys, such as Oden, get hurt a lot. Greg Moore, azcentral, "Moore: The case for Suns to draft Deandre Ayton with No. 1 NBA draft pick," 2 June 2018

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First Known Use of plod

1562, in the meaning defined at intransitive sense 1

History and Etymology for plod

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English Language Learners Definition of plod

: to walk slowly and usually heavily

: to progress or develop slowly


\ˈpläd \
plodded; plodding

Kids Definition of plod

: to move or travel slowly but steadily

Other Words from plod

plodder noun

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