intransitive verbplod′ded, plod′ding
- to walk or move heavily and laboriously; trudge
- to work steadily and monotonously; drudge
Origin of plodof echoic origin, originally
- the act of plodding
- the sound of a heavy step
verbplod·ded, plod·ding, plods
- To move or walk heavily or laboriously; trudge: “donkeys that plodded wearily in a circle round a gin” ( D.H. Lawrence )
- To work or act perseveringly or monotonously; drudge: plodding through a mountain of paperwork.
- The act of moving or walking heavily and slowly.
- The sound made by a heavy step.
Origin of plodPerhaps imitative
(third-person singular simple present plods, present participle plodding, simple past and past participle plodded)
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").
- (obsolete) A puddle.
From Middle English plod. Cognate with Danish pladder (“mire").
(usually uncountable, plural plods)
- (UK, mildly derogatory, uncountable, usually with "the") the police, police officers
- (UK, mildly derogatory, countable) a police officer, especially a low-ranking one.
From PC Plod