[ 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.

Nearby words

  1. clocklike,
  2. clockmaker,
  3. clockwise,
  4. clockwork,
  5. clockwork universe,
  6. cloddish,
  7. cloddishly,
  8. clodhopper,
  9. clodhopping,
  10. clodpoll

Origin of clod

1400–50; late Middle English clodde, Old English clod- (in clodhamer fieldfare); see cloud

Related formsclod·di·ly, adverbclod·di·ness, nounclod·like, adjectiveclod·dy, adjective Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for clod


/ (klɒd) /


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 Formscloddy, adjectivecloddish, adjectivecloddishly, adverbcloddishness, noun

Word Origin for clod

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."

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