- 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 cloddy
D will most likely be cloddy, like many fields that we often see.Agriculture for Beginners
Charles William Burkett
Paris has not yet had relief from the cloddy numbness brought on with the War.My Wonderful Visit
Shell quite irregular, cloddy, or tuberous, composed of thirty to forty subspherical chambers of nearly the same size.
Heavy soils, soils that are hard to work; stiff, cloddy soils.The First Book of Farming
Charles L. Goodrich
To illustrate the importance of texture as related to moisture, soil should be secured which is cloddy, or lumpy.
- 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 cloddy
"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."