[ kod-pees ]
/ ˈkɒdˌpis /


(in the 15th and 16th centuries) a flap or cover for the crotch in men's hose or tight-fitting breeches, usually matching the costume and often decorated.
Obsolete. penis.

Origin of codpiece

1400–50; late Middle English. See cod2, piece Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for codpiece


/ (ˈkɒdˌpiːs) /


a bag covering the male genitals, attached to hose or breeches by laces, etc, worn in the 15th and 16th centuries

Word Origin for codpiece

C15: from cod ² + piece
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Word Origin and History for codpiece



mid-15c., "a bagged appendage to the front of the breeches; often conspicuous" [OED], from Old English codd "a bag, pouch, husk," in Middle English, "testicles" (common Germanic, cf. Old Norse koddi "pillow," Dutch kodde "bag") + piece (n.).

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