- a section cut or torn from the surface of grassland, containing the matted roots of grass.
- the surface of the ground, especially when covered with grass; turf; sward.
- to cover with sods or sod.
Origin of sod1
- simple past tense of seethe.
- sodomite; homosexual.
- chap; fellow; guy.
- child; kid; brat.
- to damn: Sod the bloody bastard!
- sod off, to leave (usually as an imperative): Why don't you just sod off!
Origin of sod3
- to surge or foam as if boiling.
- to be in a state of agitation or excitement.
- Archaic. to boil.
- to soak or steep.
- to cook by boiling or simmering; boil.
- the act of seething.
- the state of being agitated or excited.
Origin of seethe
Related Wordsturf, dirt, lawn, meadow, grassland, prairie, pasture, grass, peat, mead, pasturage, sward, soak, soil, earth, divot
Examples from the Web for sod
Then with sod and earth he covered it all over so as to hide it from view.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
I've heard the boys say that he would be undher the sod that day six months.The Macdermots of Ballycloran
A semi-circular section of the sod where Helen had stood was missing.The Portygee
Joseph Crosby Lincoln
It may be an archery target, a sack full of straw, or a sod bank.Boy Scouts Handbook
Boy Scouts of America
By another method two acres a day on the sod have been planted.Cattle and Their Diseases
- a piece of grass-covered surface soil held together by the roots of the grass; turf
- poetic the ground
- (tr) to cover with sods
- a person considered to be obnoxious
- a jocular word for a personthe poor sod hasn't been out for weeks
- sod all slang nothing
- sod it a strong exclamation of annoyance
- (intr) to boil or to foam as if boiling
- (intr) to be in a state of extreme agitation, esp through anger
- (tr) to soak in liquid
- (tr) archaic to cook or extract the essence of (a food) by boiling
- the act or state of seething
Word Origin and History for sod
"turf, slice of earth with grass on it," mid-15c., apparently from Middle Dutch sode "turf," or Middle Low German sode, both related to Old Frisian satha "sod," all of uncertain origin. Perhaps the notion is water saturation and the group is related to sog. The (old) sod "Ireland" is from 1812.
c.1400, "to cover with sod," from sod (n.). Related: Sodded; sodding.
in sod off (1960), British slang term of dismissal; see sod (n.2).
Old English seoþan "to boil," also figuratively, "be troubled in mind, brood" (class II strong verb; past tense seaþ, past participle soden), from Proto-Germanic *seuthan (cf. Old Norse sjoða, Old Frisian siatha, Dutch zieden, Old High German siodan, German sieden "to seethe"), from PIE root *seut- "to seethe, boil."
Driven out of its literal meaning by boil (v.); it survives largely in metaphoric extensions. Figurative use, of persons or populations, "to be in a state of inward agitation" is recorded from 1580s (implied in seething). It had wider figurative uses in Old English, e.g. "to try by fire, to afflict with cares." Now conjugated as a weak verb, and past participle sodden (q.v.) is no longer felt as connected.