When you plod, you walk slowly, heavily, and deliberately. You might need to plod through the snow to get to the bus stop on time.

Plod evokes a difficulty in walking — like when you trudge through mud or walk slowly up a steep hill. You might plod home at the end of a long day, or plod through an overgrown field on a hot afternoon. You can also use plod figuratively to mean "work on something boring or monotonous." The origin of plod is unknown, but it may have come from the sound of feet on the ground — the sound you make when you plod.

Definitions of plod
  1. verb
    walk heavily and firmly, as when weary, or through mud
    “Mules plodded in a circle around a grindstone”
    synonyms: footslog, pad, slog, tramp, trudge
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    slop, slosh, splash, splosh, squelch, squish
    walk through mud or mire
    type of:
    use one's feet to advance; advance by steps
  2. noun
    the act of walking with a slow heavy gait
    “I could recognize his plod anywhere”
    synonyms: plodding
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    type of:
    walk, walking
    the act of traveling by foot
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