schrod

[skrod]

scrod

or schrod

[skrod]
noun
  1. a young Atlantic codfish or haddock, especially one split for cooking.

Origin of scrod

An Americanism dating back to 1835–45; origin uncertain
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British Dictionary definitions for schrod

scrod

noun
  1. US a young cod or haddock, esp one split and prepared for cooking

Word Origin for scrod

C19: perhaps from obsolete Dutch schrood, from Middle Dutch schrode shred (n); the name perhaps refers to the method of preparing the fish for cooking
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Word Origin and History for schrod

scrod

n.

1841, "young cod, split and fried or boiled," possibly from Dutch schrood "piece cut off," from Middle Dutch scrode "shred" (cf. Old English screade "piece cut off;" see shred (n.)). If this is the origin, the notion is probably of fish cut into pieces for drying or cooking.

A Boston brahmin is on a business trip to Philadelphia. In search of dinner, and hungry for that Boston favorite, broiled scrod, he hops into a cab and asks the driver, "My good man, take me someplace where I can get scrod." The cabbie replies, "Pal, that's the first time I've ever been asked that in the passive pluperfect subjunctive." [an old joke in Philadelphia, this version of it from "Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch," Constance Hale, 2012]
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