• WordNet 3.6
    • adj plodding (of movement) slow and laborious "leaden steps"
    • n plodding the act of walking with a slow heavy gait "I could recognize his plod anywhere"
    • n plodding hard monotonous routine work
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Webster's Revised Unabridged Dictionary
    • a Plodding Progressing in a slow, toilsome manner; characterized by laborious diligence; as, a plodding peddler; a plodding student; a man of plodding habits.
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Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
    • plodding Moving or working with slow and patient diligence; patiently laborious: as, a man of plodding habits.
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Chambers's Twentieth Century Dictionary
    • adj Plodding laborious but slow
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  • Charles E. Popplestone
    Charles E. Popplestone
    “Those who commence deliberately. They plod on. They stick to it. They persevere and finally reap their rewards.”
  • William Shakespeare
    “Though patience be a tired mare, yet she will plod.”
  • Aesop
    “Plodding wins the race.”


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


In literature:

But with every step that he went plodding home there came other feelings.
"The Christian A Story" by Hall Caine
While you were looking for her, she was plodding away out of sight.
"Ranald Bannerman's Boyhood" by George MacDonald
The bell for the midday meal roused Kurt from his profound reverie, and he plodded back to the house.
"The Desert of Wheat" by Zane Grey
The well-meaning and plodding Mr. Smith succeeds.
"Our Churches and Chapels" by Atticus
The women, with clothes tucked up above the knee, plod and plash through the water.
"Sport and Work on the Nepaul Frontier" by James Inglis
Down the long, grassy, cedared aisle I saw Edd and Nielsen plodding up.
"Tales of lonely trails" by Zane Grey
There needs to be patient plodding and mental drilling.
"Quiet Talks with World Winners" by S. D. Gordon
But the British did not falter; they plodded on as steadily as before.
"The Boy Allies On the Firing Line" by Clair W. Hayes
The ponies, refreshed, resumed their methodical plodding.
"The Rules of the Game" by Stewart Edward White
And still we plodded on.
"Across China on Foot" by Edwin Dingle
Next morning, when Wade plodded up to Moore's cabin, it was through two feet of snow.
"The Mysterious Rider" by Zane Grey
He plodded on, down a slight grade.
"Partners of Chance" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
But the infantry would plod along just the same, regardless of the noise and bustle.
""Contemptible"" by "Casualty"
Then he turns and plods his way along shore, rolling his head from side to side as if completely mystified.
"Ways of Wood Folk" by William J. Long
On through the day the teams plodded toward the mountain pass.
"The She Boss" by Arthur Preston Hankins
Bravely she plodded on, but often lost heart and gave herself up to her sorrow.
"Everlasting Pearl" by Anna Magdalena Johannsen
An hour of plodding through the dusk, two hours, and they were at a water-hole near the northern hills.
"Overland Red" by Henry Herbert Knibbs
He need not plod dully through years, to reach success only when he is old and tired.
"Jewel Weed" by Alice Ames Winter
Each experiment will bring annoyance, as the tyro may find as he plods on in his task.
"The Continental Monthly, Vol. 2 No 4, October, 1862" by Various
And he too plodded on with his burden.
""Unto Caesar"" by Baroness Emmuska Orczy

In poetry:

Through Nature's splendid temples he
Plods, under mountains hoary;
But he has not the eyes to see
Their grandeur and their glory.
"Billy Vickers" by Henry Kendall
The wind blew shrill from o'er the hili,
And shook his scanty rags;
Whilst cold and sleet benumbed his feet,
As plodding o'er the flags.
"The Dean's Brother" by John Hartley
THE Poor Old Soul plods down the street,
Contented, and forgetting
How Youth was wild, and Spring was wild
And how her life is setting;
"To A Young Girl At A Window" by Margaret Widdemer
But there be others, happier few,
The vagabondish sons of God,
Who know the by-ways and the flowers,
And care not how the world may plod.
"The Mendicants" by Bliss William Carman
As home from church we two did plod,
"Grandpa," said Rosy, "What is God?"
Seeking an answer to her mind,
This is the best that I could find. . . .
"Rosy-Kins" by Robert W Service
Poor Santa Claus burst into tears,
Then calmed again: "my reindeer fleet,
I gave them up: on foot, my dears,
I now must plod through snow and sleet.
"The Hard Times In Elfland [A Story of Christmas Eve]" by Sidney Lanier

In news:

'The Road' review: Plodding along mile after desolate mile.
As Hurricane Sandy continues to plod north today, Ocean READ.
Plotting Doesn't Have to be Plodding.
With No Knockout Punch , a Bruising Battle Plods On.
PASADENA – No one was comparing UCLA's plodding, defense-first victory over Utah to an Olympics opening ceremony.
'Pi' is a pretty, yet plodding , parable.
'Cosmopolis' a plodding ride into the future.
Without Reyes, the Mets Are Plodding Along.
Uninspiring, plodding Romney has a rocky road ahead.
They're thinking about dinner reservations, evening plans or just plodding back to their hotel rooms for rest.
China seems to be coming out of its economic slump, and visions of that country once again providing fast growth in a plodding world have fueled a bit of a rush on Chinese equity funds.
Rugged and shouty, the Savannah, Georgia, trio Black Tusk is bent on playing metal that plows blindly ahead instead of plodding atmospherically along.
Uninspiring , plodding Romney has a rocky road ahead.
Mike Brown's style was somewhat plodding, especially as the players tried to execute his hybrid-Princeton offense.
'Pi' is a pretty, yet plodding, parable .