\ ˈsäd How to pronounce sod (audio) \

Definition of sod

 (Entry 1 of 4)

1 : turf sense 1 also : the grass- and forb-covered surface of the ground
2 : one's native land
sodded; sodding

Definition of sod (Entry 2 of 4)

transitive verb

: to cover with sod or turfs

Definition of sod (Entry 3 of 4)

chiefly British
: bugger if I ever find the sod I'll kill him— John Le Carré
sodded; sodding; sods

Definition of sod (Entry 4 of 4)

transitive verb

chiefly British

First Known Use of sod

Noun (1)

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Verb (1)

1653, in the meaning defined above

Noun (2)

1818, in the meaning defined above

Verb (2)

1904, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for sod

Noun (1)

Middle English, from Middle Dutch or Middle Low German sode; akin to Old Frisian sātha sod

Noun (2)

short for sodomite

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The first known use of sod was in the 15th century

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“Sod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/sod. Accessed 3 Jun. 2020.

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\ ˈsäd How to pronounce sod (audio) \

Kids Definition of sod

: the upper layer of the soil that is filled with roots (as of grass)

Medical Definition of SOD

superoxide dismutase

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