Definition of clod in English:



  • 1A lump of earth or clay.

    ‘frost is essential for breaking up clods into manageable sizes’
    • ‘A clod of earth flew upwards, as if gravity had been inverted.’
    • ‘Every morning he would be up before sunrise raring to go, throwing clods of earth at the windows of staff to awaken them.’
    • ‘Break up large clods and remove rocks and roots.’
    • ‘Small plants at left, clods of earth at center, and arcs of grass at right punctuate the narrow ground.’
    • ‘"Quiet, you, " he threw a clod of dirt at her as she collapsed into helpless giggles.’
    • ‘He gave me an angry look, and threw another clod of dirt into the grave.’
    • ‘To silence the dog, Virgil throws clods of earth into each of his throats.’
    • ‘Veil desperately tried to leap out, but a big clod of earth landed on his head.’
    • ‘And some foul-mouthed yobs have been hurling clods of earth at passing craft - with one passenger reportedly struck on the head by a clod.’
    • ‘The tyres are smoking like Bill Hicks and there are clods of earth rammed in the twin-exhaust pipes.’
    • ‘Scowling, he threw a clod of frozen dirt into the stream.’
    • ‘He said, ‘It takes a deep-going plough to uproot the heaviest clods of earth.’’
    • ‘As he walks out to the car he picks up a clod of earth and throws it at the proprietor's house.’
    • ‘After the land was ploughed, the turned earth would contain large clods of earth that required breaking up.’
    • ‘Indians are breaking the soil into clods with picks.’
    • ‘The soil was so hard it took Moore three whacks with a pick just to break loose a clod of clay.’
    • ‘My flesh is clothed with maggots, my skin is a clod of earth: it curdles and decays.’
    • ‘Six black-rimmed wheels sent clods of earth flying as it sped over the rough ground, the only noise it made was the crackling of crushed foliage.’
    • ‘The effect is like watching clods of earth fall inexorably into a grave.’
    • ‘Turf is hard to cut with period spades and shovels, swaying us to the route of perhaps using clay clods to build the walls next time.’
    lump, clump, chunk, mass, piece, hunk, slab, wedge
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  • 2informal A stupid person.

    ‘you're an insensitive clod and I hope you fall and break your neck’
    • ‘Florus growled in my ear, ‘Stop acting ignorant, you clod.’’
    • ‘Except for a scant few, the characters in St. Elmo's Fire are all either weasels, deceptive clods or selfish ninnies.’
    • ‘The comic book cutscenes also now look a lot better since they fired that sideburned-coiffed clod who played Max in the original.’
    • ‘‘And last but not least, this snoring clod is Sven,’ he finished giving Sven an elbow in the ribs.’
    • ‘It's a place where you are least likely to run into some clod yakking on a cell phone.’
    • ‘He seemed only a poor clod like those around him, deluded by a childish theology.’
    • ‘The Perelman persona is a clod who won't admit it.’
    • ‘I think it's statistically impossible for * all * of the editors to be incompetent clods.’
    • ‘What a myopic, blinkered clod their letters page editor must be.’
    • ‘O'Connor certainly came across as a quite insensitive clod.’
    • ‘Maria wasn't just some brainless clod, as many girls that day had been brought up to be.’
    • ‘To know that I hurt someone so much made me feel like an insensitive clod that didn't deserve anything.’
    • ‘You must be that insensitive clod dating Bridget Harrison.’
    • ‘Notice that you are able to turn her down with a little white lie, while neither offending her nor coming off as an abrupt and anti-social clod.’
    • ‘Many is the time some clod has thoughtlessly pushed the recliner lever, full throttle, winding up inches from your adviser's lap.’
    • ‘He is, however, quite impatient with the clods and dullards who do not find the tradition hopelessly retrograde.’
    • ‘At ‘Jurassic Park III,’ I got a running commentary from a trio of junior-high clods, one of whom proceeded to spill his drink on my shirt.’
    • ‘But this is an army of rookies, clods, and dimwits - and the women make short work of their glorious space armada.’
    • ‘Nice to know we have as many selfish clods as other parts of the world.’
    idiot, ass, halfwit, nincompoop, blockhead, buffoon, dunce, dolt, ignoramus, cretin, imbecile, dullard, moron, simpleton
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  • 3British [mass noun] A coarse cut of meat from the lower neck of an ox.

    ‘other stewing cuts (in England known to the meat trade as clod) may cook in 90 minutes’
    • ‘Nutrient composition data are available for four lean cuts of bison: rib-eye, clod, top round and top sirloin.’
    • ‘The beef type chuck includes chuck, clod, and round.’


Late Middle English: variant of clot.