: a lump or mass especially of earth or clay
: soil, earth
: oaf, dolt
cloddish adjective
cloddishness noun
cloddy adjective

Examples of clod in a Sentence

Her husband's such a clod. despite his imposing size, he's no simple clod
Recent Examples on the Web The rest of Burks' team took turns with the federal agents, hauling full buckets up the stairs then pressing clods of dirt through steel-mesh screens. Rowan Moore Gerety, WIRED, 13 July 2023 If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less. Lee Sung Jin, Los Angeles Times, 14 June 2023 By early afternoon, nothing remained on the blank, featureless edge of the cemetery but a fresh pile of crumbling dirt clods, a small bouquet, and four holes where the metal tent poles had gone into the ground. Ted Genoways, The New Republic, 25 May 2023 When the ads fail to translate into an ongoing acting career, Henry gives up on life and goes back to work at Party Down with Ron, an overbearing clod in the vein of Gervais’ David Brent. Alan Sepinwall, Rolling Stone, 13 Feb. 2023 Ask for shoulder clod, prime rib, sausage ... but not a fork—Smitty's upholds meat-market tradition. Robin Soslow, Chron, 14 Jan. 2023 Or secondarily a clump of vegetation, which sounds more like a clod to me. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, 14 Oct. 2022 Not the clump, but the clod who wrote it down as fact. John Archibald | Jarchibald@al.com, al, 14 Oct. 2022 That elusive will-o'-the-wisp season, lauded by poets in countless lyrics and appreciated by the dullest clod, will be ushered in officially at 12:45 o’clock this afternoon. San Diego Union-Tribune, 21 Mar. 2022 See More

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Word History


Middle English clodde, from Old English clod- (in clodhamer fieldfare)

First Known Use

15th century, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

Time Traveler
The first known use of clod was in the 15th century

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Cite this Entry

“Clod.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/clod. Accessed 25 Sep. 2023.

Kids Definition


: a lump or mass especially of earth or clay
: a person who is dull or not sensitive : oaf
cloddish adjective
cloddy adjective

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