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Longman Dictionary of Contemporary English
a clod/clump of earth (=a lump of earth)
▪ The horse’s hooves kicked up great clods of earth.
▪ Even a computer clod like me can find it, or stumble on it by accident.
▪ Go for the clods, spot the rocks.
▪ He picked up a dirt clod and flung it toward the window.
▪ It should also produce less clods and thus minimise lifting damage.
▪ Mary shivered and turned away as the first clods of earth thudded on to the coffin.
▪ Members of Congress are impervious to the pain because they continue to collect their own salaries, the selfish clods.
▪ They are about as strong as dried clods of mud.
▪ Was Cullam a complete clod or did he realise how macabre his words had been?
The Collaborative International Dictionary

Clod \Clod\ (kl[o^]d), v. i. To collect into clods, or into a thick mass; to coagulate; to clot; as, clodded gore. See Clot.

Clodded in lumps of clay.
--G. Fletcher.


Clod \Clod\, v. t.

  1. To pelt with clods.

  2. To throw violently; to hurl. [Scot.]
    --Sir W. Scott.


Clod \Clod\ (kl[o^]d), n. [OE. clodde, latter form of clot. See Clot.]

  1. A lump or mass, especially of earth, turf, or clay. ``Clods of a slimy substance.''
    --Carew. ``Clods of iron and brass.''
    --Milton. ``Clods of blood.''
    --E. Fairfax.

    The earth that casteth up from the plow a great clod, is not so good as that which casteth up a smaller clod.

  2. The ground; the earth; a spot of earth or turf.

    The clod Where once their sultan's horse has trod.

  3. That which is earthy and of little relative value, as the body of man in comparison with the soul.

    This cold clod of clay which we carry about with us.
    --T. Burnet.

  4. A dull, gross, stupid fellow; a dolt

  5. A part of the shoulder of a beef creature, or of the neck piece near the shoulder. See Illust. of Beef.

Douglas Harper's Etymology Dictionary

"lump of earth or clay," Old English clod- (in clodhamer "the fieldfare," a kind of thrush, literally "field-goer"), from Proto-Germanic *kludda-, from PIE *gleu- (see clay).\n

\nSynonymous with collateral clot until meaning differentiated 18c. Meaning "person" ("mere lump of earth") is from 1590s; that of "blockhead" is from c.1600 (compare clodpate, clodpoll, etc.). It also was a verb in Middle English, meaning both "to coagulate, form into clods" and "to break up clods after plowing."


n. 1 A lump of something, especially of earth or clay. 2 The ground; the earth; a spot of earth or turf. 3 A stupid person; a dolt. 4 Part of a shoulder of beef, or of the neck piece near the shoulder. vb. 1 (context transitive English) To pelt with clods. 2 (context transitive Scotland English) To throw violently; to hurl. 3 To collect into clods, or into a thick mass; to coagulate; to clot.

  1. n. a compact mass; "a ball of mud caught him on the shoulder" [syn: ball, glob, lump, clump, chunk]

  2. an awkward stupid person [syn: lout, stumblebum, goon, oaf, lubber, lummox, lump, gawk]


Clod may refer to:

  • A lump of dirt ( soil)
  • An oaf, used in such contexts as:
    • " Bummer of Love / Food of the Clods", 1997 episode of The Angry Beavers
    • Gods and clods, a concept in the 1998 " Chickenpox" episode of South Park
    • " Children of a Lesser Clod", 2001 episode of The Simpsons
    • Insensitive clod, popular term on the news website Slashdot
    • A insult used by Peridot in Steven Universe
  • Beef clod or Chuck clod
  • Antonov An-14, NATO reporting name 'Clod'
  • Clods, literal name of the Regavim kibbutz in Israel

Usage examples of "clod".

Clod, Aunt Viney, and, above all, Bim, who barked loudly, and rushed wildly about the room at this honorable mention of his name.

Wild charlock--a clear yellow--pink pimpernels, pink-streaked convolvulus, great white convolvulus, double-yellow toadflax, blue borage, broad rays of blue chicory, tall corn-cockles, azure corn-flowers, the great mallow, almost a bush, purple knapweed--I will make no further catalogue, but there are pages more of flowers, great and small, that grow at the edge of the plough, from the coltsfoot that starts out of the clumsy clod in spring to the white clematis.

It was hard to make out marks in the clumpy, dry earth, but there were depressions that looked like footprints, scuffed areas, places where clods had been overturned, showing their dark undersides.

Sheriff Hazen watched as the man gingerly picked his way among the dry clods, not wanting to soil his wingtips.

Uwen say as they passed the hill and rode down past the road to Levey, and all through the ranks men blessed themselves or spoke softly to their gods, for the old oak had fallen, its roots uptorn from the muddy ground, great clods fallen all about, and the branches cracked and ruined.

Falconer used his sword to hack at the turf, loosening clods which Tirtha broke away and piled to one side.

Compared with her strength Harry was only a windlestraw, and set against her spiritual fineness no more than a clod.

I got another part of the picture, a picture of Mona Brassard throwing dice in a posh club in Tahoe and laughing her head off about the poor clod searching all over Vegas for her.

If a musher escapes chance encounters with heavy equipment, he cannot escape the surface of the road, which, constantly frozen and re broken by huge plows, is carpeted with boulders, jagged ice cakes, sharp rocks, and clods of frozen dirt.

He had a horrid and exhilarating vision that they might part, and Prague itself and its surmounting castle be revealed riding the wind, uprooted and dropping clods and cobblestones as it went west.

The revelers were drunk on busthead whiskey, yelling, sometimes jumping down to pick up a dirt clod, flinging it at a schoolroom window.

He explained, as if to a child, that a blow from a hidden assailant would not account for the displaced clod of mud and that even in a struggle, which could scarcely have taken place without Falls hearing it, the path was altogether too firm for any portion of it to give way.

I have come to this place, and hast befriended me in all ways thou mightest do, and I, as well I know, but a poor rustic clod.

A great soft clod of greasy mud caught Stapp of the House of Judges in the face.

Here and there were tiny blossoms of flame sprouting forth from the interstices of huge clods, and at intervals he could see lopped, stemlike formations, the lower stories of sky-scrapers from which the tops had been sheared by the swish of a thermonuclear scythe.