Definition of plodding in English:



  • 1Slow-moving and unexciting.

    ‘a plodding comedy drama’
    • ‘The show itself, though, with live music and a terrible plodding half hour album chart at the beginning, had lost much of its life and vitality, which is a shame.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, that decision really makes this a slow, plodding film.’
    • ‘I found it plodding, uninteresting, and, with the substitution of repetition for analysis, rather less informative than might be expected.’
    • ‘Lame gags, boring characterization, and a plodding story makes for a very long 97 minutes.’
    • ‘And that was probably all that saved them from another embarrassingly low finish as this plodding ballad sent the entire world to sleep simultaneously.’
    • ‘Oh, no - not another one of those plodding Russian plays swamped by dreary intellectuals and miserable servants…’
    • ‘For adults, it will seem extremely plodding and predictable.’
    • ‘And it hurts when we have this clumsy, plodding exchanges because he was my best friend, and now we can't seem to talk to each other without diffidence and discomfort.’
    • ‘The only highlights of this uneven, plodding documentary are the (far too few) moments when we do see footage from his films.’
    • ‘It was a speech that showed a self-absorption and a plodding mind of the sort that simply will not work on the campaign trail.’
    • ‘At this point, the movie slows to a talkative, plodding pace and loses most of its early energy.’
    • ‘In a set comprising 20-odd songs there's something for everyone though, if just a few too many plodding ballads.’
    • ‘I pulled on Jonathan's arm, urging him to stop the oxen in the their slow plodding steps.’
    • ‘The acting from the four members of the cast is adequate, but the real problem is the plodding pace of the script and the somewhat laboured dialogue.’
    • ‘Two words that describe the pace and plot of this film are plodding and uninteresting.’
    • ‘And it is, say those familiar with previous inspections, a plodding, unglamorous business involving diplomacy, boring leg work, cunning and much analysis.’
    • ‘Nevertheless, for a short book it develops an amazing richness of colorful detail, so that there is never a dull moment nor a plodding page.’
    • ‘The actors, left with little choice but to act their socks off to save face, sporadically energise the plodding script but there are many dull stretches.’
    dull, boring, uninteresting, unexciting, uneventful, tedious, tiresome, wearisome, dry, as dry as dust, monotonous, tame, dreary, lacklustre
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    1. 1.1 (of a person) thorough and hard-working but lacking in imagination or intelligence.
      ‘plodding, methodical Ralph Bellamy’
      • ‘Last week he tackled the thorny issue of pensions in front of a group of retired folk with the use of cardboard slides to illustrate his points, looking and sounding more like a plodding professor than the next president.’
      • ‘Married to a plodding farmer, who for 15 years didn't have a clue about her secret life, things must have been pretty dull for her.’
      • ‘He's a plodding, conventional square, she's a get-ahead, modern girl who doesn't need to cling to conventional wisdom.’
      • ‘Aunt Leah was a plodding woman of innocent wit and demeanor, more loveable than pathetic, less an adult than an overgrown child.’
      • ‘In the various stages of its existence, the fortress would have sheltered both plodding as well as derelict rulers fleeing the rage of enemies or the wrath of their own masses.’
      industrious, hard-working, assiduous
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