cod

1
[kod]
noun, plural (especially collectively) cod, (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) cods.
  1. any of several soft-rayed food fishes of the family Gadidae, especially Gadus morhua, of cool, North Atlantic waters.
  2. a closely related fish, Gadus macrocephalus, of the North Pacific.
  3. any of several unrelated fishes, as rockfishes of the genus Sebastes.

Origin of cod

1
1325–75; Middle English origin uncertain

cod

2
[kod]
noun
  1. Slang: Vulgar. testicle.

Origin of cod

2
before 1000; Middle English; Old English codd; akin to Old Norse koddi pillow

Cod

[kod]
noun
  1. Cape. Cape Cod.
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British Dictionary definitions for cods

cod

1
noun plural cod or cods
  1. any of the gadoid food fishes of the genus Gadus, esp G. morhua (or G. callarias), which occurs in the North Atlantic and has a long body with three rounded dorsal fins: family Gadidae . They are also a source of cod-liver oil
  2. any other fish of the family GadidaeSee gadid
  3. Australian any of various unrelated Australian fish, such as the Murray cod

Word Origin for cod

C13: probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German cutte

cod

2
noun
  1. British and US dialect a pod or husk
  2. an obsolete word for scrotum
  3. obsolete a bag or envelope

Word Origin for cod

Old English codd husk, bag; related to Old Norse koddi, Danish kodde

cod

3
verb cods, codding or codded (tr)
  1. British and Irish slang to make fun of; tease
  2. British and Irish slang to play a trick on; fool
noun
  1. British and Irish slang a hoax or trick
  2. Irish slang a fraud; hoaxerhe's an old cod
adjective (prenominal)
  1. British slang mock; shamcod Latin

Word Origin for cod

C19: perhaps from earlier cod a fool, perhaps shortened from codger

cod

4
noun
  1. Northern English dialect a fellow; chaphe's a nice old cod

Word Origin for cod

of unknown origin

Cod

noun
  1. Cape Cod See Cape Cod

COD

abbreviation for
  1. cash on delivery
  2. (in the US) collect on delivery
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Word Origin and History for cods

cod

n.

large sea fish, mid-14c. (late 13c. in a surname, Thomas cotfich), of unknown origin; despite similarity of form it has no conclusive connection to the widespread Germanic word for "bag" (e.g. Old English codd, preserved in codpiece). Cod-liver oil known since at least 1610s, was recommended medicinally since 1783, but not popular as a remedy until after 1825.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

cods in Culture

COD

An abbreviation for “cash on delivery” or “collect on delivery.”

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