\ 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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Although this vehicle was never officially part of the USPS fleet, a handful of carriers relied on the Model-T Snowbird attachment kit to plod along snowy routes, providing an alternative to horse and sleigh. Popular Mechanics Editors, Popular Mechanics, "12 Geeky Ways to Deliver Mail: U.S. Postal Service Technology Through the Ages," 18 Jan. 2019 The on-rails tutorial missions were a bit of a slog, and the game’s ponderous movement felt needlessly plodding compared to the quick, tight controls of other 2018 games. Kyle Orland, Ars Technica, "Ars Technica’s best games of 2018," 24 Dec. 2018 The imbalance of European soccer means that most of the superpowers are kept apart for the group stage, which will plod on into December. Joshua Robinson, WSJ, "A New-Look Real Madrid Shoots for Four Champions League Titles in a Row," 18 Sep. 2018 After his administration’s plodding response to the disappearance of 43 students was challenged by outside experts, they were essentially kicked out of the country. New York Times, "The Firebrand Leftist Far Ahead in Mexico’s Presidential Polls," 29 June 2018 Anti-woman conservatives play the long game, methodically plodding along for decades, working state-by-state and in the courts to strip away our rights. Kate Kelly, Teen Vogue, "Why the United States Constitution Needs An Equal Rights Amendment," 29 Oct. 2018 Florence, meanwhile, was still plodding across South Carolina at a pace slower than a normal person walks. Seth Borenstein, Fox News, "US hurricane, Asian typhoon: 1 brings water, the other, wind," 16 Sep. 2018 Then, two weeks ago, the intensity line plodded steadily beyond the 2014-2015 Christmas week peak, but the mortality line initially did not budge. Donald G. Mcneil Jr., New York Times, "This Flu Season Is the Worst in Nearly a Decade," 26 Jan. 2018 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

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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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