\ ˈmäd How to pronounce mod (audio) \

Definition of mod

 (Entry 1 of 5)

: one who wears mod clothes

Definition of mod (Entry 2 of 5)

1 : of, relating to, or being the characteristic style of 1960s British youth culture
2 : hip, trendy

Definition of mod (Entry 3 of 5)

1 moderate
2 modification; modified
3 modulo; modulus
plural mods

Definition of mod (Entry 4 of 5)

: a modification made to something usually by its owner or user in order to change its appearance or function a car mod body mods specifically : a modification made to a software application (such as a video game) by a user in order to change the way the application looks or functions The result is a pair of mods … that replace the game's usual science-based victory condition (achieved by launching a spaceship to Earth's nearest star, Alpha Centauri) with one dedicated to building superintelligent AI. — David Kushner


modded; modding; mods

Definition of mod (Entry 5 of 5)

transitive verb

: to modify (something) from its original state in order to change its appearance or function It is believed the 16-year-old boy, a learner driver, modded the vehicle himself by adding sirens and flashing lights.— Stefan Kostarelis especially : to modify (a software application, such as a video game) The developer believed the cheaters were ruining the experience for everyone else by modding the game to allow them to pull off moves they shouldn't be able to … — Nick Santangelo

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Other Words from mod


modder \ ˈmä-​dər How to pronounce modder (audio) \ noun, plural modders
Modders have been around at least since the original version of the popular shoot-'em-up Doom, which encouraged users to tweak the program. — Hiawatha Bray

Examples of mod in a Sentence

Adjective the young artist's converted loft is decorated in a self-consciously mod style a chichi boutique for mod dressers with deep pockets
Recent Examples on the Web: Adjective The Cape, A Thompson Hotel A mod-Mexican restaurant from Enrique Olvera, four bars with note-perfect cocktails (over 100 and counting), two pools, an amazing spa, and not a trace of hacienda-style architecture—in short, just what Cabo needed. Ann Abel, Condé Nast Traveler, "The Best Resorts in Mexico: 2019 Readers' Choice Awards," 17 Jan. 2020 Not only is the throwback hairstyle on track to be everywhere in 2020, but Gomez also leaned into the retro flair even further by pairing it with a bright-pink minidress, silver platform heels, and mod black cat-eye liner. Megan Decker, refinery29.com, "Selena Gomez Just Wore The Cutest ’60s-Inspired Hairstyle," 14 Jan. 2020 While we're always told bigger is better, Kristin's space-saving plant really gives the room a mod look. Kelly Corbett, House Beautiful, "Need Some Design Inspo? Here's How the Stars Decorated Their Christmas Trees," 12 Dec. 2019 Bethesda also plans to increase the amount of buildable space for private servers, and eventually add mod support as well. Hayden Dingman, PCWorld, "Fallout 76 adds $100 yearly subscription for private servers and crucial game improvements," 23 Oct. 2019 Following last year’s color, Living Coral, this new addition represents a basic nod and is telling of the mod tones that are driving the fashion industry and beyond. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Shop The 2020 Pantone Color Of The Year," 17 Dec. 2019 Its interior matches the snazzy, mod makeover this once-dreary Aloma shopping plaza has undergone. Amy Drew Thompson, orlandosentinel.com, "Light on the Sugar, Heavy on Holiday Goodies | Review & Round-Up," 5 Dec. 2019 Somewhat cuter is the Oxo Good Grips Compost Bin ($20), a squarish plastic affair that bears the company’s ergo-mod aesthetic and is offered in white or black. Steven Sclaroff, New York Times, "What to Do With Your Parents’ Sofa, and Other Answers to Decorating Questions," 20 Nov. 2019 Later in the show, the singer showed off the best legs (and abs!) in the biz in a mod peekaboo trapeze dress by Georges Chakra. Alex Apatoff, PEOPLE.com, "Carrie Underwood's Most Memorable CMA Awards Outfits Through the Years," 13 Nov. 2019

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First Known Use of mod

Noun (1)

1960, in the meaning defined above


1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (2)

1943, in the meaning defined above


1956, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for mod

Noun (1)

probably from mod entry 2


short for modern

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“Mod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/mod. Accessed 24 Feb. 2020.

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