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[klod] /klɒd/
a lump or mass, especially of earth or clay.
a stupid person; blockhead; dolt.
earth; soil.
something of lesser dignity or value, as the body as contrasted with the soul:
this corporeal clod.
a part of a shoulder of beef.
Origin of clod
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English clodde, Old English clod- (in clodhamer fieldfare); see cloud
Related forms
cloddily, adverb
cloddiness, noun
clodlike, adjective
cloddy, adjective
2. boor, yokel, lout, oaf, dunce. Unabridged
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Examples from the Web for clod
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  • Tons of water fell on her decks, with the dull sound of the clod on the coffin.

    Homeward Bound James Fenimore Cooper
  • And thereupon he picked up a clod of earth and flung it at her.

  • "In that it reduces a gentleman to the level of the clod," was the prompt answer.

    The Snare Rafael Sabatini
  • Micheals picked up a clod of dirt and tossed it on the object.

    The Leech Phillips Barbee
  • What does it matter for one that was a girl and is now no more but a clod in Kilmalieu?

    Gilian The Dreamer Neil Munro
  • "Oh, I will have her," he cried, striking a blow with his stick at a clod in front of him.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Grass on a clod of earth Scorned even by the passing reaper's scythe.

    Life Immovable Kostes Palamas
  • The clod in his hand broke apart of its own weight: it was not too wet to work.

    Blind Man's Lantern Allen Kim Lang
British Dictionary definitions for clod


a lump of earth or clay
earth, esp when heavy or in hard lumps
Also called clodpole, clod poll, clodpate. a dull or stupid person
a cut of beef taken from the shoulder
Derived Forms
cloddy, adjective
cloddish, adjective
cloddishly, adverb
cloddishness, noun
Word Origin
Old English clod- (occurring in compound words) lump; related to cloud
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Word Origin and History for clod

"lump of earth or clay," Old English clod- (in clodhamer "the fieldfare," a kind of thrush, literally "field-goer"), from Proto-Germanic *kludda-, from PIE *gleu- (see clay).

Synonymous with collateral clot until meaning differentiated 18c. Meaning "person" ("mere lump of earth") is from 1590s; that of "blockhead" is from c.1600 (cf. clodpate, clodpoll, etc.). It also was a verb in Middle English, meaning both "to coagulate, form into clods" and "to break up clods after plowing."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for clod



A stupid person

[1605+; fr clodpate or clodpole, ''clodhead'']

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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