- a pistol or revolver.
- Vulgar.the penis.
verb (used with object), rod·ded, rod·ding.
Origin of rod
Related Words for rodshaft, cylinder, cane, ingot, pin, baton, stick, slab, scepter, wand, billet, stave, mace, strip, switch, dowel, spike, staff, sceptre, birch
Examples from the Web for rod
Contemporary Examples of rod
So I asked the driver to honk the horn, which he does, and Rod looks over.
And of course, Rod, being Rod, goes for it a hundred percent; his mouth drops open and he says, ‘What?’
Rod Stewart and Diane Sawyer This is just highly entertaining.The Most WTF Covers of ‘Baby, It’s Cold Outside,’ Everyone’s Favorite Date-Rape Holiday Classic
November 19, 2014
Creator Rod Serling was compelled by the need “not to just entertain but to enlighten.”How a War-Weary Vet Created ‘The Twilight Zone’
November 13, 2014
Rod Blagojevich auctioning off the seat to the highest bidder.Even Hawaii Hates Obama Now
August 8, 2014
Historical Examples of rod
What can you think of it, that such a family as ours, should have such a rod held over it?Clarissa, Volume 1 (of 9)
Many a rod, I grieve to say, was worn to the stump on that unlucky night.Biographical Stories
I'm fit to melt—there is no strength left in me; here, come and take the rod!'
I promise you I will,' said the dowager—'here, take the rod!'
The moral inculcated by it is, "Spare the rod and spoil the child."
- a unit of length equal to 5 1/2 yards
- a unit of square measure equal to 30 1/4 square yards
Word Origin for rod
Old English rodd "a rod, pole," which is probably cognate with Old Norse rudda "club," from Proto-Germanic *rudd- "stick, club," from PIE *reudh- "to clear land."
As a long, tapering elastic pole for fishing, from mid-15c. Figurative sense of "offshoot" (mid-15c.) led to Biblical meaning "scion, tribe." As an instrument of punishment, attested from mid-12c.; also used figuratively for "any sort of correction or punishment," but the basic notion is of beating someone with a stick.
As a unit of measure (5½ yards or 16½ feet, also called perch or pole) first attested mid-15c., from the stick used to measure it off. As a measure of area, "a square perch," from late 15c., the usual measure in brickwork. Meaning "light-sensitive cell in a retina" is from 1866, so-called for its shape. Slang meaning "penis" is recorded from 1902; that of "gun, revolver" is from 1903.
see hot rod; spare the rod.