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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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  • The loving worm within its clod is diviner than a loveless god amid his worlds.

    Lancashire Idylls (1898) Marshall Mather
  • "Oh, I will have her," he cried, striking a blow with his stick at a clod in front of him.

    Madame Bovary Gustave Flaubert
  • Following the turning over of the stubble under water, comes the clod smashing and harrowing by quadrupedal or bipedal labour.

    The Foundations of Japan J.W. Robertson Scott
  • Grass on a clod of earth Scorned even by the passing reaper's scythe.

    Life Immovable Kostes Palamas
  • To the uninitiated a clod of dry earth is the most unpromising of objects—it is cousin to the stone, and the type of barrenness.

    Chapters in Rural Progress Kenyon L. Butterfield
  • Thy rather brings a clod of earth, a somberPillow for thy last slumber.

    Laments Jan Kochanowski
  • The farm land drag, float, or clod crusher is useful under certain conditions on low spots that do not drain properly.

    Farm Mechanics Herbert A. Shearer
  • For before all beauty he was humble, inclined to think himself a clod.

    The Dark Flower John Galsworthy
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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