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Cape Cod

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  1. a sandy peninsula in SE Massachusetts between Cape Cod Bay and the Atlantic Ocean: many resort towns.
  2. a style of cottage developed mainly on Cape Cod, Massachusetts, in the 18th and early 19th centuries, typically a rectangular one- or one-and-a-half story wooden cottage covered by a gable roof and having a central chimney.


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British Dictionary definitions for cape cod


noun plural cod or cods
  1. any of the gadoid food fishes of the genus Gadus, esp G. morhua (or G. callarias), which occurs in the North Atlantic and has a long body with three rounded dorsal fins: family Gadidae . They are also a source of cod-liver oil
  2. any other fish of the family GadidaeSee gadid
  3. Australian any of various unrelated Australian fish, such as the Murray cod

Word Origin

C13: probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German cutte


  1. British and US dialect a pod or husk
  2. an obsolete word for scrotum
  3. obsolete a bag or envelope

Word Origin

Old English codd husk, bag; related to Old Norse koddi, Danish kodde


verb cods, codding or codded (tr)
  1. British and Irish slang to make fun of; tease
  2. British and Irish slang to play a trick on; fool
  1. British and Irish slang a hoax or trick
  2. Irish slang a fraud; hoaxerhe's an old cod
adjective (prenominal)
  1. British slang mock; shamcod Latin

Word Origin

C19: perhaps from earlier cod a fool, perhaps shortened from codger


  1. Northern English dialect a fellow; chaphe's a nice old cod

Word Origin

of unknown origin


  1. Cape Cod See Cape Cod


abbreviation for
  1. cash on delivery
  2. (in the US) collect on delivery

Cape Cod

  1. a long sandy peninsula in SE Massachusetts, between Cape Cod Bay and the Atlantic
  2. Also called: Cape Cod cottage a one-storey cottage of timber construction with a simple gable roof and a large central chimney: originated on Cape Cod in the 18th century
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Word Origin and History for cape cod



large sea fish, mid-14c. (late 13c. in a surname, Thomas cotfich), of unknown origin; despite similarity of form it has no conclusive connection to the widespread Germanic word for "bag" (e.g. Old English codd, preserved in codpiece). Cod-liver oil known since at least 1610s, was recommended medicinally since 1783, but not popular as a remedy until after 1825.

Cape Cod

named 1602 by English navigator Bartholomew Gosnold for the abundance of fish his men caught there. Cape Cod, in reference to houses reminiscent of New England architecture, is attested from 1916.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cape cod in Culture

Cape Cod

Resort area on the Atlantic Ocean in Massachusetts. Its fishhook shape is easily recognized on a map.


An abbreviation for “cash on delivery” or “collect on delivery.”

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