[ pod ]
/ pɒd /
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verb (used without object), pod·ded, pod·ding.
to produce pods.
to swell out like a pod.
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Origin of pod

First recorded in 1680–90; apparently back formation from podder “gatherer of peas (as from a garden)”; further origin uncertain)


pod·like, adjectiveun·pod·ded, adjective

Other definitions for pod (2 of 9)

[ pod ]
/ pɒd /

a group of aquatic animals, especially marine mammals: a pod of walruses.
a small flock of birds.

Origin of pod

An Americanism dating back to 1825–35; perhaps special (originally facetious) use of pod1

Other definitions for pod (3 of 9)

[ pod ]
/ pɒd /

noun, verb (used with or without object)
podcast: What pods do you listen to?I'll be podding about the film next week.We should pod all the discussions we're having leading up to our trip.

Origin of pod

First recorded in 2005–10; by shortening

Other definitions for pod (4 of 9)

[ pod ]
/ pɒd /

the straight groove or channel in the body of certain augers or bits.
Carpentry. pad1 (def. 15b).

Origin of pod

First recorded in 1565–75; origin uncertain; perhaps a continuation of Old English pād “outer garment, cloak,” the socket being thought of as something that covers or hides from view what is held in it (though the phonology is irregular)

Other definitions for pod (5 of 9)


port of debarkation.

Other definitions for pod (6 of 9)


a learned borrowing from Greek meaning “foot,” used in the formation of compound words: pododynia.
Also especially before a consonant, podo- .

Origin of pod-

Combining form representing Greek poús (genitive podós ) foot

Other definitions for pod (7 of 9)


a combining form meaning “one having a foot” of the kind or number specified by the initial element; often corresponding to New Latin class names ending in -poda, with -pod used in English to name a single member of such a class: cephalopod.Compare -ped.

Origin of -pod

From New Latin, from Greek -pod-, stem of -pous, adjective derivative of poús; see origin at foot

Other definitions for pod (8 of 9)

[ pee-ohd ]
/ ˈpiˈoʊd /

adjective Slang.

Origin of p.o.'d

First recorded in 1945–50; by shortening

Other definitions for pod (9 of 9)


pay on delivery.
Post Office Department.
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What does -pod mean?

The combining formpod is used like a suffix meaning “one having a foot” or “-footed.” It is often used to denote a single member of a class in zoology. For example, a member of the class Cephalopoda (which includes mollusks like squid), is a cephalopod.

The form –pod comes from Greek –pous, meaning “-footed.” The Latin cognate of –pous is –pēs, “-footed,” and is the source of several combining forms related to the lower extremities, including ped, pede, and pedi. Discover more at our Words That Use articles for each of these three forms.

What are the variants of -pod

Though -pod doesn’t have any variants, it shares an origin with the combining forms pod-, podo, poda, pode, podium, and podous. Want to know more? Read our Words That Use articles for all six forms.

Examples of -pod

An example of a word you may have encountered that features –pod is tripod, “a stool or table with three legs.” Tripod comes from Greek tripod-, which features the equivalent of the form in that language.

The tri part of the word means “three,” from Greek treîs, while the form –pod means “-footed.” Tripod literally translates to “three-footed.”

What are some words that use the combining form –pod?

  • brachiopod (using the equivalent form of –pod in Latin)
  • decapod (using the equivalent form of –pod in Latin)
  • gonopod
  • isopod (using the equivalent form of –pod in Latin)
  • monopod
  • octopod (using the equivalent form of –pod in Latin)

What are some other forms that –pod may be commonly confused with?

Not every word that ends with the exact letters –pod, such as seedpod, is necessarily using the combining form –pod to denote “-footed.” Learn why seedpod means “seed vessel” at our entry for the word.

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The combining form octo means “eight.” With this in mind, what does octopod literally mean?

How to use pod in a sentence

British Dictionary definitions for pod (1 of 5)

/ (pɒd) /

  1. the fruit of any leguminous plant, consisting of a long two-valved case that contains seeds and splits along both sides when ripe
  2. the seedcase as distinct from the seeds
any similar fruit
a streamlined structure attached by a pylon to an aircraft and used to house a jet engine (podded engine), fuel tank, armament, etc
an enclosed cabin suspended from a cable or a big wheel, for carrying passengers
verb pods, podding or podded
(tr) to remove the pod or shell from (peas, beans, etc)
(intr) (of a plant) to produce pods

Word Origin for pod

C17: perhaps back formation from earlier podware bagged vegetables, probably from pod, variant of cod ² + ware 1

British Dictionary definitions for pod (2 of 5)

/ (pɒd) /

a small group of animals, esp seals, whales, or birds

Word Origin for pod

C19: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for pod (3 of 5)

/ (pɒd) /

a straight groove along the length of certain augers and bits
the socket that holds the bit in a boring tool

Word Origin for pod

C16: of unknown origin

British Dictionary definitions for pod (4 of 5)


abbreviation for
pay on delivery
abbreviation for
print on demand

British Dictionary definitions for pod (5 of 5)



n combining form
indicating a certain type or number of feetarthropod; tripod

Word Origin for -pod

from Greek -podos footed, from pous foot
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Scientific definitions for pod (1 of 2)

[ pŏd ]

A fruit or seed case that usually splits along two seams to release its seeds when mature. Legumes, such as peas and beans, produce pods.

Scientific definitions for pod (2 of 2)


A suffix meaning “foot.” It is used in the scientific names of the members of many groups of organisms, such as arthropod, an organism having “jointed feet,” and sauropod, a dinosaur having “lizard feet.” It is also used in the names of different kinds of limbs or limblike body parts, such as pseudopod, the “false foot” of an amoeba.
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