plodder

Definitions

  • WordNet 3.6
    • n plodder someone who moves slowly "in England they call a slowpoke a slowcoach"
    • n plodder someone who works slowly and monotonously for long hours
    • n plodder someone who walks in a laborious heavy-footed manner
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • n Plodder One who plods; a drudge.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • n plodder One who trudges or wanders about; a “moss-trooper.”
    • n plodder One who plods; a drudge; a dull, laborious person.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • n Plodder one who plods on: a dull, heavy, laborious man
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Quotations

  • Clarence Linder
    Clarence Linder
    “I'm afraid we have become a nation of plodders, who feel that all problems can be found in books and that the answers are on a certain page.”

Etymology

Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
Orig. 'to wade through pools,' from Ir. plod, a pool.

Usage

In literature:

He was a quiet fellow, a plodder at his work, and without great ambitions.
"Nancy McVeigh of the Monk Road" by R. Henry Mainer
When I remember that these poor plodders have never had a chance, I relent and feel so sorry and so hopeless.
"An Anarchist Woman" by Hutchins Hapgood
And she passed examinations without effort under circumstances where plodders would have courted disaster.
"Athalie" by Robert W. Chambers
The day of the steady plodder is past; it's all hustle, even in medicine.
"The Seven Secrets" by William Le Queux
For he was, in his own eyes, a humble plodder, not in the swim at all.
"Somehow Good" by William de Morgan
He makes money, Mrs. Planter, too fast to bother with an old plodder like me.
"The Guarded Heights" by Wadsworth Camp
He is one of those sly, slaving plodders, without a touch of ability.
"The Call of the Town" by John Alexander Hammerton
They were plodders and not really in our class.
"The Tent Dwellers" by Albert Bigelow Paine
But after all he's only a plodder.
""Pip"" by Ian Hay
Still, he was more than a plodder.
"The Lost Wagon" by James Arthur Kjelgaard
This contempt for the plodder extends also to the scholastic sphere.
"The Lighter Side of School Life" by Ian Hay
It used to be asserted of Plodder that he was figuring for the Signal Corps.
"Campaigning with Crook and Stories of Army Life" by Charles King
A plodder stands back while the brilliant man moves to the front.
"Seed Thoughts for Singers" by Frank Herbert Tubbs
And if I do not kill my people it is because I have no originality, I am a plodder, a second-rate man!
"Carlyon Sahib" by Gilbert Murray
No plodder ever kept more closely to the safe and beaten path.
"The Brothers' War" by John Calvin Reed
And you're a good plodder.
"Second String" by Anthony Hope
The plodders had best keep to the beaten road.
"Transcendentalism in New England" by Octavius Brooks Frothingham
The man was dull, commonplace, a plodder, and not young; he was well over thirty.
"Ovington's Bank" by Stanley J. Weyman
Only the plodders would remain there, and Julius Popper was never a plodder.
"The Gold Diggings of Cape Horn" by John R. Spears
They are plodders and steady workers, and run on like a clock when once wound up.
"How to Read Human Nature" by William Walker Atkinson
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In news:

It's hardly that Haydn was a plodder who responds to plodding interprtetations.
The Reverend William Thornton who blogs on Southern Baptist Convention issues under the title SBC Plodder is the man.
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