v. plod·ded, plod·ding, plods
1. To move or walk heavily or laboriously; trudge: "donkeys that plodded wearily in a circle round a gin" (D.H. Lawrence).
2. To work or act perseveringly or monotonously; drudge: plodding through a mountain of paperwork.
To trudge along or over.
1. The act of moving or walking heavily and slowly.
2. The sound made by a heavy step.
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