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plod (v.)

1560s, of uncertain origin, perhaps imitative of the sound of walking heavily or slowly. Related: Plodded; plodding.

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Definitions of plod from WordNet
1
plod (v.)
walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud;
Mules plodded in a circle around a grindstone
Synonyms: slog / footslog / trudge / pad / tramp
2
plod (n.)
the act of walking with a slow heavy gait;
I could recognize his plod anywhere
Synonyms: plodding
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