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[sod]Chiefly British Slang.
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  1. sodomite; homosexual.
  2. chap; fellow; guy.
  3. child; kid; brat.
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verb (used with object), sod·ded, sod·ding.
  1. to damn: Sod the bloody bastard!
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Verb Phrases
  1. 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

sod off

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


  1. a piece of grass-covered surface soil held together by the roots of the grass; turf
  2. poetic the ground
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verb sods, sodding or sodded
  1. (tr) to cover with sods
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Word Origin

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


  1. a person considered to be obnoxious
  2. a jocular word for a personthe poor sod hasn't been out for weeks
  3. sod all slang nothing
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  1. sod it a strong exclamation of annoyance
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See also sod off
Derived Formssodding, adjective

Word Origin

C19: shortened from sodomite
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Word Origin and History for sod off



"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.

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term of abuse, 1818, short for sodomite (also see sodomy). British colloquial sod-all "nothing" is attested from 1958.

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c.1400, "to cover with sod," from sod (n.). Related: Sodded; sodding.

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in sod off (1960), British slang term of dismissal; see sod (n.2).

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