Chiefly British Slang.
[ sod ]
/ sɒd /
chap; fellow; guy.
child; kid; brat.
verb (used with object), sod·ded, sod·ding.
to damn: Sod the bloody bastard!
sod off, to leave (usually as an imperative): Why don't you just sod off!
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Origin of sod3
1875–80; by shortening of sodomite
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British Dictionary definitions for sod off (1 of 3)
(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
British Dictionary definitions for sod off (2 of 3)
/ (sɒd) /
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
British Dictionary definitions for sod off (3 of 3)
/ (sɒd) slang, mainly British /
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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