[sod]Chiefly British Slang.


sodomite; homosexual.
chap; fellow; guy.
child; kid; brat.

verb (used with object), sod·ded, sod·ding.

to damn: Sod the bloody bastard!

Verb Phrases

sod off, to leave (usually as an imperative): Why don't you just sod off!

Nearby words

  1. socrates,
  2. socratic,
  3. socratic irony,
  4. socratic method,
  5. socred,
  6. sod disease,
  7. sod house,
  8. sod off,
  9. sod's law,
  10. soda

Compare bugger1.

Origin of sod

1875–80; by shortening of sodomite Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

British Dictionary definitions for sod off

sod off


(intr, adverb; usually imperative) slang, mainly British to go away; depart


This phrase was formerly considered to be taboo, and it was labelled as such in previous editions of Collins English Dictionary . However, it has now become acceptable in speech, although some older or more conservative people may object to its use




a piece of grass-covered surface soil held together by the roots of the grass; turf
poetic the ground

verb sods, sodding or sodded

(tr) to cover with sods

Word Origin for sod

C15: from Low German; compare Middle Low German, Middle Dutch sode; related to Old Frisian sātha




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
See also sod off

Derived Formssodding, adjective

Word Origin for sod

C19: shortened from sodomite

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Word Origin and History for sod off
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