\ ˈkläd How to pronounce clod (audio) \

Definition of clod

1a : a lump or mass especially of earth or clay
b : soil, earth
2 : oaf, dolt

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Other Words from clod

cloddish \ ˈklä-​dish How to pronounce cloddish (audio) \ adjective
cloddishness noun
cloddy \ ˈklä-​dē How to pronounce cloddy (audio) \ adjective

Examples of clod in a Sentence

Her husband's such a clod. despite his imposing size, he's no simple clod
Recent Examples on the Web My daughter right now is really into dirt clods and rocks, too. Bryn Elise Sandberg, The Hollywood Reporter, "How I'm Living Now: Hasan Minhaj, 'Patriot Act' Host," 17 Apr. 2020 Maintain Dig in blood and bone meal along with compost once the soil dries out a little (to prevent clods); wait for weed sprouts to follow, then hoe them in. Heather Arndt Anderson, Sunset Magazine, "Your Ultimate Spring Gardening To-Do List for March and April," 16 Mar. 2020 Trump has found a kindred soul in the right-wing Federalist Society clod Justin Shubow, who is the president of the National Civic Art Society (NCAS). Kate Wagner, The New Republic, "Duncing About Architecture," 8 Feb. 2020 Two, blasting mud clods is a good way to pass the time when the fish aren’t biting. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, "Best New Hunting and Trail Handguns from the 2020 SHOT Show," 3 Feb. 2020 The idea of Ram’s birthplace is also introduced into the plot, where Ram is carrying around a clod of earth from his janmabhumi (birthplace)—even when wandering in the forest for 14 years. Sanaya Chandar, Quartz India, "How a 1980s TV soap did the spadework for Hindu nationalism," 8 Nov. 2019 Patrick Vaill: Farmhand Jud Fry is usually portrayed as a dim-witted clod of a villain in Oklahoma! Rebecca Milzoff, Billboard, "How This Year's Tony Nominees Reflect a Bolder Broadway," 3 June 2019 Caveat: Jockey Mike Smith must break Justify straight and fast from the starting gate, or risk getting shuffled back to an unfamiliar position in the middle of a roiling scrum, with dirt clods landing in his face for the first time in his life. Tim Layden,, "Kentucky Derby Preview: Justify Headlines Unusually Crowded Field of Contenders," 3 May 2018 Big and small, loose and tightly packed, these clods hurtle relentlessly from all angles at the shoulders, necks and faces of the horses—and jockeys—trailing the leaders., "Eating Dirt on Kentucky Derby Day," 1 May 2018

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First Known Use of clod

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

History and Etymology for clod

Middle English clodde, from Old English clod- (in clodhamer fieldfare)

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“Clod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 21 Oct. 2020.

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English Language Learners Definition of clod

: a lump of dirt or clay
informal : a person who is stupid and dull


\ ˈkläd How to pronounce clod (audio) \

Kids Definition of clod

1 : a lump or mass especially of earth or clay
2 : a clumsy or stupid person

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