Definition of plod in English:



  • 1no object, with adverbial of direction Walk doggedly and slowly with heavy steps.

    ‘we plodded back up the hill’
    • ‘Neither spoke, so they carried on, the horse plodding slowly along the path.’
    • ‘She walked all day, plodding down deserted alleyways and running across busy intersections.’
    • ‘When she got home, she slowly plodded up the stairs and quietly closed the door behind her as she entered her room.’
    • ‘As the predictable plot plods onward, the viewer will sink further and further into despair.’
    • ‘Focusing once more on the road, she plodded onward.’
    • ‘I walked into the bar and let out a breath, slowly plodding through the barroom, ignoring the late-night barflies.’
    • ‘The men plod, doggedly, with large unwieldy blackboards slung over their shoulders, but everywhere they look nobody is interested in reading and writing when living from day to day is such a concern.’
    • ‘Ahead of her, Hans plodded through the mud, hood down and apparently unconcerned that his short black hair was plastered to his thick skull.’
    • ‘In fact, she plodded along, dragging what was left of her backpack on the ground, too weak to actually carry it.’
    • ‘Steven followed the two of them towards the bedrooms, his eyelids feeling very heavy as he plodded his way into his room.’
    • ‘I slowly plodded down the steps of bus.’
    • ‘She turned around slowly on her heel and plodded back to her mother.’
    • ‘It plods along for 13 minutes, 22 seconds without being musically or lyrically interesting.’
    • ‘I heard their heavy boots slowly plodding across the hardwood floors to the back stairs that led to his room.’
    • ‘Only one horse, a massive old mare that plodded slowly and tirelessly, hooves pounding the packed earth of the road with a quiet clop-clopping sound, drew the cart.’
    • ‘And I was exhausted - probably the walk was a little over-ambitious for me, and I plodded along at an agonising pace for the last couple of hours.’
    • ‘Stephen plodded up the wooden stairs and plonked himself down on a chair.’
    • ‘Ben slowly plodded over to his bed and slid in between the unwashed sheets, relieved to be able to close his eyes and shut out the world for a few hours.’
    • ‘Wendy threaded her way around the old firetruck, plodded up the front steps, and continued on up to her room, where she flopped out on her bed, staring at the ceiling.’
    trudge, walk heavily, clump, stomp, stump, tramp, drag oneself, lumber, slog
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    1. 1.1 Work slowly and perseveringly at a dull task.
      ‘we were plodding through a textbook’
      • ‘They were content to plod on with tedious tasks.’
      • ‘Having heard a few of their recorded songs, I thought they would be well up to the task, but in this performance they plodded messily through what could have been an interesting and lively set.’
      • ‘Soon after, he went to work, where he plodded through his daily tasks and his co-workers, most of whom knew bits and pieces of his personal life but none of whom knew the whole story, ignored him.’
      • ‘Though the running time is a slim 83 minutes, I took me well over two hours to plod my way through this dull and dreary mess.’
      • ‘I find it hard to keep plodding or pottering away with mid-level tasks every day.’
      • ‘Most of the day I've kept myself busy, working on the website, plodding steadily through the task of establishing a new, unified approach to the archives.’
      • ‘Education should not be about ensuring that every individual can plod through an officially approved list of tasks, for the sake of multiple bits of paper.’
      work one's way, wade, plough, toil, trawl, soldier, soldier on, proceed laboriously, labour
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  • 1A slow, heavy walk.

    ‘he settled down to a steady plod’
    • ‘In the main the group coped well, getting into a steady plod to get them to the top of the pass.’
    • ‘I parked the car in a disabled driver's space just by the Quay West local radio station and went for a good plod.’
    • ‘Intelligent dark eyes surveyed the rain-tossed sky through the windows, the mass of people rushing for shelter then slowing down into a weary plod as they reached the shade awnings and begin their trudging to classes.’
    • ‘Then it was a dire plod back along Rainhill Road, through Nutgrove then home.’
    • ‘And yet it isn't: it continues for eleven more minutes, a grim plod to the finish.’
    • ‘Soon I came to the reluctant conclusion that it was going to be an unexciting day, I decided to seek a bit of sun, sea and sand by taking my familiar plod along the front.’
    • ‘Wilson paces the book by decades, but too often this can seem to be a bit of a plod.’
    • ‘Time to get back to the shelter and then to pull my cap firmly down ready for the plod back home.’
    • ‘She was following him at a slow plod.’
    • ‘We've been doing this tedious plod for almost five hours, and I think about hypothermia.’
    • ‘I've missed that slow plod along the Brendon Road to the new graveyard so much it's rather silly.’
    walk, trek, tramp, trudge, traipse, slog, footslog, plod, march, journey on foot
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  • 2British informal A police officer.

    ‘a bunch of plods arrived, offering me a lift to the cop shop’
    • ‘The local plod will claim they are the accident hotspots as the tickets flutter in.’
    • ‘The book has about as much sensitivity as a crime report written by PC Plod.’
    • ‘Or a thick plod who will not even notice they have no tax disc, no number plates, a large bag marked ‘swag’ in the back seat and blood dripping from the boot and will wave them on their way while whistling tunelessly.’
    • ‘(No early morning knocks on the door yet from the local plods, you'll be glad to hear).’
    • ‘It seems the ordinary plods have some other beefs with the way he runs the police; the Police Union voted no confidence in him earlier this month.’
    • ‘But that is no excuse for treating the scientist like a child who does not know what is good for him and must be protected by the parental arm of PC Plod.’
    • ‘And over the road, taking shelter from the heat and rain in the bushes, another two secret and two uniformed plods.’
    • ‘It cost him a £30 fixed penalty fine and a ticking-off from plod.’
    • ‘I mounted my bike and made for home doing a whole 3 mph all the way, followed by the local plod, who was laughing too much to write me a ticket for drunk in charge of a bicycle.’
    • ‘What a wonderful opportunity to send your local plod to a fictitious crime in Walnut Grove while you burgle a house in Acacia Avenue.’
    • ‘My mate was chatting to a local plod about a road accident down Selby way, when he was momentarily deafened by the sound of raucous laughter down the telephone.’
    • ‘In the words of PC Plod, " move along, nothing to see here".’
    • ‘They'd only gone and told the plod that we were nothing but a bunch of juvenile hooligans intent only on wrecking the Queen's Peace and ripping apart the very fabric of their corner of Little England.’
    • ‘She added: ‘He called one of them PC Plod and kicked out at another.’’
    • ‘Legally, you'll be able to rant away, apparently to yourself, in your car, and the plod won't trouble you.’
    • ‘She could hear voices, she phoned the police, and 45 minutes later came PC Plod.’


Mid 16th century: probably symbolic of a heavy gait.