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 mod (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 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, "Pretty Little Thing And Saweetie Launch Second Collection, Proceeds Go To BLM," 1 June 2020 Some ladies even added a heel and did their hair and makeup for a mod illusion. Nandi Howard, Essence, "Black Women Are Owning The Pillow Challenge," 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, "WhatsApp is so popular in Africa, even knock-off versions are used more often than Facebook," 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, "You’ve Got the Wrong Idea About Martin McDonagh," 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, "The Gloves Are On: Why Celebrities and Designers Alike Are Embracing the Vintage Trend," 13 Feb. 2020 These are no primitive dugouts, though, but mod-con homes excavated from the rock using diggers. Mark Ellwood, Condé Nast Traveler, "Despite Fires, South Australia Is Open for Travelers," 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, "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,, "Selena Gomez Just Wore The Cutest ’60s-Inspired Hairstyle," 14 Jan. 2020

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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.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 10 May. 2021.

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