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

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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 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, "How the Pandemic Changed the American Meal," 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, "Michigan State basketball's Tom Izzo should be furious after Virginia postponement debacle," 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, "Anything goes, from one day to the next, in wacky Big Ten," 3 Dec. 2020 It’s one of the largest inland deltas in the world—a virtually pristine wilderness where antelope splash through grassy floodplains, zebras emerge from mopane woodlands, and elephants plod across shallow channels. National Geographic, "Oil drilling, possible fracking planned for Okavango region—elephants’ last stronghold," 28 Oct. 2020 Eggler would plod into City Hall with a plastic grocery bag filled with everything from meeting agendas to notebooks to lunch. Danny Monteverde, NOLA.com, "Bruce Eggler, gruff reporter and editor with encyclopedic knowledge of New Orleans, dies at 76," 10 Sep. 2020 The three-foot-long creatures live near Australia, moving their pectoral fins in the front and pelvic fins in the back to plod along, writes Nat Geo’s Douglas Main. National Geographic, "Will global health emergencies end china's wildlife markets?," 30 Jan. 2020 Purty, purty,’ until the last of the herd disappeared, then plod back to camp, meatless and hungry. David E. Petzal, Field & Stream, "When Is it Time to Stop Pulling the Trigger?," 3 Dec. 2019 And because Toyota has adhered to this very simple formula, 4Runner sales have plodded along steadily without much feature updating over the years. Jim Resnick, Ars Technica, "As capable as a Jeep, as reliable as a Toyota—it’s the 2020 4Runner SUV," 14 Feb. 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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13 Mar 2021

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“Plod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/plod. Accessed 13 Apr. 2021.

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More Definitions for plod

plod

verb

English Language Learners Definition of plod

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

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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