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


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noun (1)

plural mods
: 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


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modded; modding; mods

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
modder 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


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noun (2)

plural mods
: the moderator of an online forum, chat room, or group
Reddit mods responded to the glitch promptly, eliminating the issue almost


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noun (3)

plural mods
: one who wears mod clothes


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modification; modified
modulo; modulus

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
This liner is very mod, with a sharp wing right at the lash line and another eyeliner line right at the crease that both angle upwards towards her temple. Gabi Thorne, Allure, 13 Aug. 2021 The collection allows buyers to join Saweetie’s cool girl aesthetic which is heavily influenced by the ’90s with a mod 2020 twist. Nandi Howard, Essence, 1 June 2020 Some ladies even added a heel and did their hair and makeup for a mod illusion. Nandi Howard, Essence, 15 Apr. 2020 Yet WhatsApp mod developers advise users not to register with their primary phone numbers in other to circumvent the risk of a ban. Yomi Kazeem, Quartz Africa, 5 Mar. 2020 But the news that the services of hangmen are no longer needed attracts fresh faces to the pub, including a mod young stranger from London with a gift for vexation. Dan Barry, New York Times, 4 Mar. 2020 With precious few exceptions, ever since the midcentury fashions of Marilyn Monroe and Audrey Hepburn's day gave way to the 1960s mod rebellion, gloves have symbolized the staid, uptight, and regressive (case in point: ). Chloe Foussianes, Town & Country, 13 Feb. 2020 These are no primitive dugouts, though, but mod-con homes excavated from the rock using diggers. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, 5 Feb. 2020 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, 17 Jan. 2020
Ripperdocs that can mod you up with cybernetic parts for greater body diversity. Paul Tassi, Forbes, 24 Oct. 2021 Some of The Sims’ popularity is also likely due to players’ ability to mod their games to add more varied items, actions, and depth to an already deep game—a feature that has been available to some degree since the original version launched in 2000. Saira Mueller, Wired, 4 Feb. 2021 See More

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Word History



short for modern

Noun (2)

short for moderator

Noun (3)

probably from mod entry 2

First Known Use


1964, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun (1)

1943, in the meaning defined above


1956, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

2003, in the meaning defined above

Noun (3)

1960, in the meaning defined above

Time Traveler
The first known use of mod was in 1943

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Cite this Entry

“Mod.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 3 Oct. 2023.

Kids Definition


1 of 2 adjective
: modern


2 of 2 noun
: a modification made to something by its owner or user to change its appearance or function
especially : a modification made to a software application (as a video game) by a user in order to change the way the application looks or functions

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