[ sod ]
/ sɒd /
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!
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 (1 of 3)

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

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 Forms

sodding, adjective

Word Origin for sod

C19: shortened from sodomite
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