from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Present participle of plod.
  • adj. Progressing slowly and laboriously.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Progressing in a slow, toilsome manner; characterized by laborious diligence

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Moving or working with slow and patient diligence; patiently laborious: as, a man of plodding habits.

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

  • adj. (of movement) slow and laborious
  • n. hard monotonous routine work
  • n. the act of walking with a slow heavy gait


Sorry, no etymologies found.


  • And once you have those items, deriving the required engineering data to build a useful bomb is an exercise in plodding along (or, with more money, certain parties just might be willing to sell you that supposedly ultra-secret data).

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  • Kerry's lightness of touch, compared with Bush's relentless plodding, is a surprise considering what we all know about their backgrounds: Bush never thought of becoming President until a few years before he did; Kerry thought of it in prep school.

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  • These 'Coffee-mules' are wonderfully careful and sure-footed, spending their whole lives in plodding up and down the narrow hill-tracks with a great bag of coffee packed on each side.

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  • Ms. Abbott also denies herself one of the great stodgy pleasures of biography: laying out the chronology of a subject's life in what impatient reviewers might call the plodding approach.

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  • The world No1 is currently embarked on yet another swing change, while the other two are back doing what they did before winning their solitary major championship, which is to say plodding along and making a very good living on the PGA Tour.

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  • The bell on the little old church by the hillside, at Nyack, was calling the plodding Dutch settlers to morning service.

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  • But the series has a solid fanbase – and beyond that are no doubt many gamers who like the idea of plodding across America in a massive steel beast, with temperamental cohorts at your side, with enemies to turn to cannon fodder mush, with Kinect controls that let you ram down a periscope or jam a pair of metallic legs into gear.10-15 years ago, this kind of esoteric Japapanese treat was much more common on Western release schedules.

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  • Stack said he set aside cash to survive a downturn, a strategy he said many of his rivals considered "plodding" in the debt-is-good ethos of the 1990s and earlier this decade.

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  • For a book that intends to be unbeautiful, "plodding", sometimes it makes all the difference to expect that as you enter the narrative.


  • According to a report in the New Orleans Times-Picayune, the agencies moved up their announcement after being criticized for "plodding" scientific investigations.

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