\ 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

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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 Earl, Jenna’s clod of a spouse, isn’t fully sketched in, either, but Nelson did write in a bit of a back story (more than the the movie revealed) to give the couple greater context. Tim Smith,, "Musical version of 'Waitress' hits an affecting Time's-Up chord," 1 Feb. 2018 This place understands flat iron, that marbled chop from the shoulder clod, fanned out in six fat slices to show off its medium-rare core. Mike Sutter, San Antonio Express-News, "Review: Francis Bogside makes a rousing comeback," 28 Dec. 2017 Large bombs plummeted into the range, sending huge clouds of smoke into the sky, along with giant clods of earth and shock waves toward the spectators. Eric Schmitt, New York Times, "Vast Exercise Demonstrated Russia’s Growing Military Prowess," 1 Oct. 2017 Jeering students ended up pelting Rockwell with eggs and dirt clods. Logan Jenkins,, "Virginia riot elicits violent response: Was it morally justified?," 21 Aug. 2017 Dave Barry used to say that the difference between men and women is that women can see actual molecules of dirt, whereas men can’t see it even when it’s coalesced into clods. Marla Jo Fisher, Orange County Register, "Who should do the chores around my house?," 10 Apr. 2017

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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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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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