noun Chiefly British Slang.

Origin of quod

First recorded in 1690–1700; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for quods



mainly British a slang word for jail

Word Origin for quod

C18: of uncertain origin; perhaps changed from quad, short for quadrangle
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Word Origin and History for quods


"prison," c.1700, a cant slang word of unknown origin; perhaps a variant of quad in the "building quadrangle" sense.

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