From Middle English clod, clodde, cludde, from Old English clod, clodd (attested in compounds and placenames), from Proto-Germanic *klut-, *klūtaz (“mass, ball, clump”), related to clot and cloud. Cognate to Dutch klodde (“rag”).
clod (plural clods)
- A lump of something, especially of earth or clay.
- clods of iron and brass
- E. Fairfax
- clods of blood
- Francis Bacon
- The earth that casteth up from the plough a great clod, is not so good as that which casteth up a smaller clod.
- T. Burnet
- this cold clod of clay which we carry about with us
- 2010, Clare Vanderpool, Moon Over Manifest
- "What a bunch of hooey," I said under my breath, tossing a dirt clod over my shoulder against the locked-up garden shed.
- The ground; the earth; a spot of earth or turf.
- Jonathan Swift
- the clod where once their sultan's horse has trod
- Jonathan Swift
- A stupid person; a dolt.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of John Dryden to this entry?)
- 1998, "Chickenpox" (episode of South Park TV series)
- Gerald Broflovski: You see Kyle, we humans work as a society, and in order for a society to thrive, we need gods and clods.
- 2015, "Jail Break" (episode of Steven Universe TV series)
- Peridot: Don't touch that! You clods don't know what you're doing!
- Part of a shoulder of beef, or of the neck piece near the shoulder.
- (transitive) To pelt with clods.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Jonson to this entry?)
- (transitive, Scotland) To throw violently; to hurl.
- (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
- To collect into clods, or into a thick mass; to coagulate; to clot.
- clodded gore
- G. Fletcher
- Clodded in lumps of clay.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for clod in Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)