Definition of plod in English:

plod

verb

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

    ‘we plodded back up the hill’
    figurative ‘talks on a new constitution have plodded on’
    • ‘Focusing once more on the road, she plodded onward.’
    • ‘Ahead of her, Hans plodded through the mud, hood down and apparently unconcerned that his short black hair was plastered to his thick skull.’
    • ‘It plods along for 13 minutes, 22 seconds without being musically or lyrically interesting.’
    • ‘Steven followed the two of them towards the bedrooms, his eyelids feeling very heavy as he plodded his way into his room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She walked all day, plodding down deserted alleyways and running across busy intersections.’
    • ‘Stephen plodded up the wooden stairs and plonked himself down on a chair.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In fact, she plodded along, dragging what was left of her backpack on the ground, too weak to actually carry it.’
    • ‘Neither spoke, so they carried on, the horse plodding slowly along the path.’
    • ‘I walked into the bar and let out a breath, slowly plodding through the barroom, ignoring the late-night barflies.’
    • ‘I slowly plodded down the steps of bus.’
    • ‘I heard their heavy boots slowly plodding across the hardwood floors to the back stairs that led to his room.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She turned around slowly on her heel and plodded back to her mother.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘When she got home, she slowly plodded up the stairs and quietly closed the door behind her as she entered her 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.’
    • ‘As the predictable plot plods onward, the viewer will sink further and further into despair.’
    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’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘They were content to plod on with tedious tasks.’
      • ‘I find it hard to keep plodding or pottering away with mid-level tasks every day.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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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noun

  • A slow, heavy walk.

    ‘he settled down to a steady plod’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the main the group coped well, getting into a steady plod to get them to the top of the pass.’
    • ‘We've been doing this tedious plod for almost five hours, and I think about hypothermia.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Time to get back to the shelter and then to pull my cap firmly down ready for the plod back home.’
    • ‘I've missed that slow plod along the Brendon Road to the new graveyard so much it's rather silly.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘She was following him at a slow plod.’
    • ‘Wilson paces the book by decades, but too often this can seem to be a bit of a plod.’
    • ‘I parked the car in a disabled driver's space just by the Quay West local radio station and went for a good plod.’
    walk, trek, tramp, trudge, traipse, slog, footslog, plod, march, journey on foot
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Origin

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

Pronunciation

plod

/plɑd//pläd/