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cloddish

[klod-ish]
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  1. of, relating to, or resembling a clod or boor; doltish; stolid.

Origin of cloddish

First recorded in 1835–45; clod + -ish1
Related formsclod·dish·ly, adverbclod·dish·ness, noun
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Examples from the Web for cloddish

Historical Examples

  • But how would it have been with a cloddish unimaginative fellow, whom nature never intended should understand Shakspere?

    A Logic Of Facts

    George Jacob Holyoake

  • She was no longer a cloddish lump of horseflesh, but an individual, a soul; Gregg's hand fell from his gun.

  • There is something in a moonlit night at sea that must touch in the most cloddish heart a spring of fancy.

  • Raw-boned, angular, cloddish but as strong as a mule, he towered over her in a maddening atmosphere of proprietorship.

    Desert Dust

    Edwin L. Sabin

  • The historian remarks: "The cloddish, shiftless farmer is perhaps safer in Massachusetts."


Word Origin and History for cloddish

adj.

1844, from clod (n.) + -ish. Related: Clodishly; clodishness.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper