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  • adv. In a dull, predictable manner.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • In a plodding manner; drudgingly.

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

  • adv. in a plodding manner


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plodding +‎ -ly


  • Everything that was magical, mysterious and half alluded to, he now ploddingly dramatised, making it seem dull and trainspotterish.

    JK Rowling should remember that less means more in the Potterverse | David Mitchell

  • It's ploddingly earnest when it isn't crudely scurrilous — the assassination episode is framed with tacky flashbacks of an unstable Marilyn Monroe, and the Kennedy White House at times seems a combination illegal pharmacy/brothel for the philandering Jack.

    Roush Review: Lots of New TV, But Only One Kills It

  • The final toll is tragically high but The News from Paraguay only occasionally rises above the ploddingly solid – an earnest if minor work.

    Historical Fiction

  • So too did the ploddingly centrist BBC, one of whose executives once explained eurosceptics to Rod Liddle, the editor of the Today programme, by saying: Rod, the thing you have to understand is that these people are mad.

    The eurozone: it's a pyrrhic victory for the eurosceptics | Nick Cohen

  • Kathy English, the "public editor" of the Toronto Star, really is as ploddingly earnest as she sounded a week ago.

    Archive 2009-07-01

  • The ploddingly functional "transparent" prose in many contemporary works within the strange fiction genres is perhaps the present-day equivalent.

    On the Sublime

  • The comedy is broad as a battleship and the script ploddingly formulaic throughout – if you saw Grosse Point Blank you're likely to feel profoundly disappointed with Cusack for dumbing down his former glories.

    Cemetery Junction; Four Lions; Hot Tub Time Machine

  • A shouty headache of a film, this modern rehash pitches hunky Perseus (Avatar's uncharismatic hero Sam Worthington) against an array of digital beasties which he and his rag-tag band of supporters must fight in order to complete a ploddingly plotted task which steals its riffs from a wide range of myths and movies.

    Mark Kermode's DVD round-up: Clash of the Titans; Hierro; The Bounty Hunter

  • I'm not saying that the screenplay is without its flaws, but the treatment of cancer here, which includes moments of humor throughout, is more humane and generous — and true to life — than a morose, ploddingly earnest enshrinement of suffering.

    Jonathan Levine Directing Anna Kendrick in I'm With Cancer «

  • Forget bounding across the forest, Shalkan moved as ploddingly as if each step was an effort.

    Tran Siberian


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