plod

verb
\ 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.
Recent Examples on the Web Yet, for now, both are content to plod along in the shallows, ignoring the currents pulling events around them. Tom Mctague, The Atlantic, 19 Feb. 2022 Yet, there remains uncertainty as to whether that will happen as planned with the league’s owners continuing to lock out the players as the two sides plod toward a new collective bargaining agreement. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 31 Jan. 2022 Yet, there remains uncertainty as to whether that will happen as planned with the league’s owners continuing to lock out the players as the two sides plod toward a new collective bargaining agreement. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 31 Jan. 2022 Yet, there remains uncertainty as to whether that will happen as planned with the league’s owners continuing to lock out the players as the two sides plod toward a new collective bargaining agreement. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 31 Jan. 2022 Yet, there remains uncertainty as to whether that will happen as planned with the league’s owners continuing to lock out the players as the two sides plod toward a new collective bargaining agreement. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 31 Jan. 2022 Yet, there remains uncertainty as to whether that will happen as planned with the league’s owners continuing to lock out the players as the two sides plod toward a new collective bargaining agreement. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 31 Jan. 2022 Yet, there remains uncertainty as to whether that will happen as planned with the league’s owners continuing to lock out the players as the two sides plod toward a new collective bargaining agreement. Nathan Ruiz, baltimoresun.com, 31 Jan. 2022 As Jasmine, Gail and Liv plod through the fall semester, the campus’ strangeness becomes more noticeable. Lovia Gyarkye, The Hollywood Reporter, 21 Jan. 2022 See More

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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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6 Apr 2022

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“Plod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plod. Accessed 22 May. 2022.

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More Definitions for plod

plod

verb
\ 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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