Definition of clod in English:



  • 1A lump of earth or clay.

    ‘frost is essential for breaking up clods into manageable sizes’
    • ‘Veil desperately tried to leap out, but a big clod of earth landed on his head.’
    • ‘After the land was ploughed, the turned earth would contain large clods of earth that required breaking up.’
    • ‘To silence the dog, Virgil throws clods of earth into each of his throats.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘The soil was so hard it took Moore three whacks with a pick just to break loose a clod of clay.’
    • ‘"Quiet, you, " he threw a clod of dirt at her as she collapsed into helpless giggles.’
    • ‘Scowling, he threw a clod of frozen dirt into the stream.’
    • ‘Break up large clods and remove rocks and roots.’
    • ‘The effect is like watching clods of earth fall inexorably into a grave.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘He gave me an angry look, and threw another clod of dirt into the grave.’
    • ‘A clod of earth flew upwards, as if gravity had been inverted.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Indians are breaking the soil into clods with picks.’
    • ‘Every morning he would be up before sunrise raring to go, throwing clods of earth at the windows of staff to awaken them.’
    • ‘As he walks out to the car he picks up a clod of earth and throws it at the proprietor's house.’
    • ‘He said, ‘It takes a deep-going plough to uproot the heaviest clods of earth.’’
    • ‘Small plants at left, clods of earth at center, and arcs of grass at right punctuate the narrow ground.’
    • ‘The tyres are smoking like Bill Hicks and there are clods of earth rammed in the twin-exhaust pipes.’
    • ‘My flesh is clothed with maggots, my skin is a clod of earth: it curdles and decays.’
    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’
    • ‘What a myopic, blinkered clod their letters page editor must be.’
    • ‘To know that I hurt someone so much made me feel like an insensitive clod that didn't deserve anything.’
    • ‘The Perelman persona is a clod who won't admit it.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘But this is an army of rookies, clods, and dimwits - and the women make short work of their glorious space armada.’
    • ‘Maria wasn't just some brainless clod, as many girls that day had been brought up to be.’
    • ‘You must be that insensitive clod dating Bridget Harrison.’
    • ‘‘And last but not least, this snoring clod is Sven,’ he finished giving Sven an elbow in the ribs.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘O'Connor certainly came across as a quite insensitive clod.’
    • ‘He seemed only a poor clod like those around him, deluded by a childish theology.’
    • ‘It's a place where you are least likely to run into some clod yakking on a cell phone.’
    • ‘I think it's statistically impossible for * all * of the editors to be incompetent clods.’
    • ‘Many is the time some clod has thoughtlessly pushed the recliner lever, full throttle, winding up inches from your adviser's lap.’
    • ‘Florus growled in my ear, ‘Stop acting ignorant, you clod.’’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Nice to know we have as many selfish clods as other parts of the world.’
    fool, 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.