\ 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 clod (audio) \ adjective
cloddishness noun
cloddy \ ˈklä-​dē How to pronounce clod (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, 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, 16 Mar. 2020 Two, blasting mud clods is a good way to pass the time when the fish aren’t biting. Will Brantley, Field & Stream, 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, 8 Nov. 2019 Patrick Vaill: Farmhand Jud Fry is usually portrayed as a dim-witted clod of a villain in Oklahoma! Rebecca Milzoff, Billboard, 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,, 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., 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 24 Oct. 2021.

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English Language Learners Definition of clod

: a lump of dirt or clay
: 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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