\ 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

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Other Words from plod

plod noun
plodder noun
ploddingly \ ˈplä-​diŋ-​lē How to pronounce ploddingly (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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At the center of all these debates is a bit of legislation that came into being well before Facebook and Twitter, back when the internet was plodding along at dial-up speeds: Section 230 of the 1996 Communications Decency Act. Matt Laslo, WIRED, "The Fight Over Section 230—and the Internet as We Know It," 13 Aug. 2019 Bicycles, newspaper boxes, mass homelessness, plodding iPhone gazers — all these things disturbed the fiction of a street neatly divided into walkers and cars. Avi Selk, Washington Post, "The death of the sidewalk," 30 June 2019 Going two tight ends can diversify Detroit’s offense while aiding the running game, which also gets a boost from C.J. Anderson replacing plodding veteran LeGarrette Blount. Andy Benoit,, "NFC North Offseason Reports: How Will the Aaron Rodgers-Matt LaFleur Marriage Work?," 12 June 2019 Dishes plodded out irregularly for the rest of the night; bread service arrived closer to the end of the meal than the beginning. Patricia Escárcega,, "Spago at middle age: Is Wolfgang Puck’s flagship restaurant still relevant?," 27 June 2019 So when a small planet begins to plod across a star’s face, its very first steps might not make an abrupt, noticeable dent in the already dim light at the edge. Nadia Drake, National Geographic, "18 Earth-size planets found in our galaxy—all hiding in plain sight," 28 May 2019 Damus moved into a guest room in Benjamin and Hart’s house in November and will continue to live there as the court case plods on. Michael K. Mcintyre,, "Haitian asylum seeker Ansly Damus adjusting to freedom, seeks work to help family back home: Michael K. McIntyre," 14 July 2019 Creative and culinary teams came and went as the project plodded along. Christopher Muther,, "Could clues to Harvard Square’s future be found in a stunning new English hotel?," 13 July 2019 About twenty minutes before school starts, teacher Shannon Olson plods up a short hill, climbs the school building's steps and enters her classroom. Lily Altavena, azcentral, "This Arizona school has just one student. Here's what her day is like.," 12 June 2019

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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 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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to spread over or through

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