Definition of plodding in US English:



  • 1Slow-moving and unexciting.

    ‘a plodding comedy drama’
    • ‘And that was probably all that saved them from another embarrassingly low finish as this plodding ballad sent the entire world to sleep simultaneously.’
    • ‘I pulled on Jonathan's arm, urging him to stop the oxen in the their slow plodding steps.’
    • ‘I found it plodding, uninteresting, and, with the substitution of repetition for analysis, rather less informative than might be expected.’
    • ‘For adults, it will seem extremely plodding and predictable.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Two words that describe the pace and plot of this film are plodding and uninteresting.’
    • ‘Unfortunately, that decision really makes this a slow, plodding film.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Oh, no - not another one of those plodding Russian plays swamped by dreary intellectuals and miserable servants…’
    • ‘And it is, say those familiar with previous inspections, a plodding, unglamorous business involving diplomacy, boring leg work, cunning and much analysis.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The only highlights of this uneven, plodding documentary are the (far too few) moments when we do see footage from his films.’
    • ‘Lame gags, boring characterization, and a plodding story makes for a very long 97 minutes.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    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.
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘He's a plodding, conventional square, she's a get-ahead, modern girl who doesn't need to cling to conventional wisdom.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘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.’
      • ‘Aunt Leah was a plodding woman of innocent wit and demeanor, more loveable than pathetic, less an adult than an overgrown child.’
      industrious, hard-working, assiduous
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