a dull or commonplace person; a plodder, a person who works slowly and laboriously ...1618 obs. rare
of uncertain origin.
OED suggests it comes from the verb, 'plod' (to work steadily and laboriously, or in a stolid or monotonous fashion) + -all, after similar constructions such as 'spend-all', etc.
First Documented Use
1618 - see EXAMPLE below
"...for linnen is ware for milke-maides; Perpetuana is for Pedants, and Atturnies clarkes; and Durance would be thought an excellent weare in some Virgins petticoates. Euery plaine Ploddall will haue a veluet neck-peece, and euery old Bawd, will haue her heeles garded with sparkes of sattin..."
From: The Owles Almanacke
- Published by Edward Griffin for Laurence Lisle