noun (1)
\ 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


noun (2)
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


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

While many are purists (typically deriding whatever change Porsche made to the car that followed theirs), the enduring success of mod shops like Singer, Guntherwerks, and Magnus Walkerson shows there’s plenty of appetite for alterations. Alex Davies, WIRED, "A Very Fast Spin Through the Hills in a Hybrid Porsche 911," 10 June 2019 The hotel is outfitted in '70s decor, designed by Jonathan Adler to complements its mod entrance and the hotel's famous Old-Hollywood ambiance. Charlotte Chilton, Town & Country, "What to Do on Your Next Trip to Palm Springs," 5 Mar. 2019 Wear these two together for a mod equestrian look straight off the streets of Havana. Kelsey Stiegman, Seventeen, "10 Instagram-Worthy Ways to Wear Boyfriend Jeans," 8 Jan. 2019 Within Nice itself, our readers voted Le Negresco, with its ocean-view suites and eccentric decor, which spans from French antiques to mod swivel chairs and, among the top hotels in France. Condé Nast Traveler, "La Compagnie Flight Deal: Business Class to the French Riviera for $1,200," 4 Dec. 2018 Smudge the liner for a pretty, brown smokey eye look, or layer it on thick for a mod style. Elizabeth Denton, Seventeen, "12 Beginner Makeup Tips That'll Totally Change Your Life," 10 Dec. 2018 From a mod library in orange and charcoal to a sparkling white kitchen and leopard walls, a 300-year old colonial in Westchester County, New York, get a painstaking redo—and a dose of 21st-century glam. Fred Nicolaus, House Beautiful, "How Andrew Flesher Used Bright Colors And Leopard Print To Rescue A Historic Home," 6 Dec. 2018 Elements like mod leather chairs, Native American pottery, midcentury portraiture, touchable textile wallhangings, and kids art all live comfortably in this 19th-century home. Samantha Weiss Hills, Curbed, "5 Victorian homes to get you in the mood for fall," 1 Oct. 2018 LD Tuttle designer Tiffany Tuttle, a former ballerina, gives her cowboy boots a dark Goth spin, while Ann Mashburn goes for a mod neatness. Nancy Macdonell, WSJ, "The Cowboy Boot’s Unlikely Journey from Ranch to Runway," 21 Aug. 2018

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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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