Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • intransitive v. To move or walk heavily or laboriously; trudge: "donkeys that plodded wearily in a circle round a gin” ( D.H. Lawrence).
  • intransitive v. To work or act perseveringly or monotonously; drudge: plodding through a mountain of paperwork.
  • transitive v. To trudge along or over.
  • n. The act of moving or walking heavily and slowly.
  • n. The sound made by a heavy step.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A slow or labored walk or other motion or activity.
  • v. To walk or move slowly and heavily or laboriously (+ on, through, over).
  • v. To trudge over or through.
  • n. A puddle.
  • n. the police, police officers
  • n. a police officer, especially a low-ranking one.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To travel slowly but steadily; to trudge.
  • intransitive v. To toil; to drudge; especially, to study laboriously and patiently.
  • transitive v. To walk on slowly or heavily.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To trudge; travel or work slowly and perseveringly; go on in any pursuit with steady, laborious diligence.
  • To lag behind or puzzle upon the scent: said of hounds.
  • To go or walk over in a heavy, laboring manner; accomplish by heavy, toilsome walking or exertion.
  • n. A puddle.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. the act of walking with a slow heavy gait
  • v. walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud

Etymologies

Perhaps imitative.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Middle English *plodden (found only in derivative plodder), probably originally a splash through water and mud, from plod ("a puddle"). Compare Danish pladder ("mire"). (Wiktionary)
From Middle English plod. Cognate with Danish pladder ("mire"). (Wiktionary)
From PC Plod (Wiktionary)

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