- 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
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Examples from the Web for clod
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.Abbe Mouret's Transgression
"In that it reduces a gentleman to the level of the clod," was the prompt answer.The Snare
Micheals picked up a clod of dirt and tossed it on the object.The Leech
What does it matter for one that was a girl and is now no more but a clod in Kilmalieu?Gilian The Dreamer
- 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
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."