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Old English clodde, related to clot. Ultimately from Proto-Germanic *kludda-. Cognate to Dutch klodde (rag).


clod (plural clods)

  1. A lump of something, especially of earth or clay.
    • Milton
      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.
  2. The ground; the earth; a spot of earth or turf.
    • Jonathan Swift
      the clod where once their sultan's horse has trod
  3. A stupid person; a dolt.
    • Don't touch that! You clods don't know what you're doing!
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Dryden to this entry?)
  4. Part of a shoulder of beef, or of the neck piece near the shoulder.



clod (third-person singular simple present clods, present participle clodding, simple past and past participle clodded)

  1. (transitive) To pelt with clods.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jonson to this entry?)
  2. (transitive, Scotland) To throw violently; to hurl.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
  3. 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 The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.