- any of several soft-rayed food fishes of the family Gadidae, especially Gadus morhua, of cool, North Atlantic waters.
- a closely related fish, Gadus macrocephalus, of the North Pacific.
- any of several unrelated fishes, as rockfishes of the genus Sebastes.
Origin of cod1
- Slang: Vulgar. testicle.
Origin of cod2
- Cape. Cape Cod.
Examples from the Web for cods
And a little happiness will do more than all the cods in Hammerfest!Hopes and Fears
Charlotte M. Yonge
The Cods represented the interests of the powerful burgher corporations.History of Holland
This Lupus marinus or Lycostomus is often taken by our seamen wch fish for cods I haue had diuers brought mee.Notes and Letters on the Natural History of Norfolk
A cart load of cods weighed by means of a double steel yard, one below and suspended from the other.A Journey to America in 1834
The Cods follow them as the bloodhound follows his prey, and their compact masses literally line the shores.Audubon and his Journals, Vol. 2
Maria R. Audubon
- 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
- any other fish of the family GadidaeSee gadid
- Australian any of various unrelated Australian fish, such as the Murray cod
- British and US dialect a pod or husk
- an obsolete word for scrotum
- obsolete a bag or envelope
- British and Irish slang to make fun of; tease
- British and Irish slang to play a trick on; fool
- British and Irish slang a hoax or trick
- Irish slang a fraud; hoaxerhe's an old cod
- British slang mock; shamcod Latin
- Northern English dialect a fellow; chaphe's a nice old cod
- Cape Cod See Cape Cod
- cash on delivery
- (in the US) collect on delivery
Word Origin and History for cods
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.
An abbreviation for “cash on delivery” or “collect on delivery.”