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  1. very modern; up-to-date; being in the vanguard in style, dress, etc.
  2. (sometimes initial capital letter) of or relating to a style of dress of the 1960s, typified by miniskirts, bell-bottom trousers, boots, and bright colors and patterns.
  1. a person who is in the vanguard in style, dress, etc.
  2. (sometimes initial capital letter) a British teenager of the 1960s who affected a very neat, sophisticated appearance and wore fancy clothing inspired by Edwardian dress.

Origin of mod1

First recorded in 1955–60; shortened form of modern


  1. an act or instance of modifying; modification.
verb (used with object), mod·ded, mod·ding.
  1. to modify, especially a vehicle or mechanical part: The car was modded for speed and power.
  2. Computers.
    1. to rewrite programming code in (a video game) in order to change the appearance or performance of the software: I modded the game to increase the field of vision.
    2. to modify (computer hardware), especially the physical appearance of the case: I want to mod my PC to include LED lights and custom paint.

Origin of mod2

by shortening


noun Informal.
  1. the moderator of an online message board: Notify a mod immediately if another member is harassing you.

Origin of mod3

by shortening
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Examples from the Web for mods

Contemporary Examples

Historical Examples

  • They had a couple of mods that were supposed to fit them better for the mission.

  • "I thought you were grinding for Mods," Michael reminded him, with a smile.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2

    Compton Mackenzie

  • "Oh, I've been swatting like a pig for Mods," said Alan hopelessly.

    Sinister Street, vol. 2

    Compton Mackenzie

  • My phone's memory had all kinds of private stuff on it: photos, emails, little hacks and mods I'd installed.

    Little Brother

    Cory Doctorow

  • Herbert had passed as shiningly in mods and divinity and all the rest of it as Jack had passed before the Marine Board.

British Dictionary definitions for mods


pl n
  1. (at Oxford University) short for Honour Moderations


abbreviation for (in Britain)
  1. Ministry of Defence


  1. British
    1. a member of a group of teenagers in the mid-1960s, noted for their clothes-consciousness and opposition to the rockers
    2. a member of a revived group of this type in the late 1970s and early 1980s, noted for their clothes-consciousness and opposition to the skinheads
    3. (as modifier)a mod haircut

Word Origin

C20: from modernist


  1. an annual Highland Gaelic meeting with musical and literary competitions

Word Origin

C19: from Gaelic mòd assembly, from Old Norse; related to moot


abbreviation for
  1. modulus
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Word Origin and History for mods



"tidy, sophisticated teen" (usually contrasted with rocker), 1960, slang shortening of modern.



short for modification, c.1920, originally among aviators.

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