Main definitions of mod in English

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adjective

informal
  • Modern.

    • ‘Families who have every hi-tech mod con in their rooms, overnight laundry service and on-tap pampering for mums and dads.’
    • ‘Everything screams Euro, from the glossy wine-red walls dressed with oversized posters to the throbbing house to the floor-to-ceiling stall doors and mod capsule hand dryer in the WC.’
    • ‘A secret chamber with all mod surveillance and survival cons, it is all the rage in New York.’
    • ‘These two have a groovy townhouse with lots of mod furnishings.’
    in fashion, in vogue, voguish, Popular, up to the minute, modern, all the rage, modish, trendsetting
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noun

British
  • (especially in the early 1960s) a young person of a subculture characterized by stylish dress, the riding of motor scooters, and a liking for soul music.

    • ‘Definite '60s mod influence but nothing to intense and no retro feel.’
    • ‘I think a lot of mod music is cool, but I prefer to be black belt’
    • ‘Gold's milieu, the laid-back '70s, saw things move away from the highly tailored mod look to unisex dressing inspired by the sexual revolution and feminism.’
    • ‘No other clique can hold a candle to the mod fashionistas.’
    • ‘After all, parents in earlier times were once scandalised by teddy boys and mods and hippies and punks.’
    • ‘Before there were mods and before flower power or hippies, there were beatniks.’
    • ‘Weekenders trace their roots to the mods and rockers' bank holiday rave-ups on the south coast in the Sixties.’
    • ‘Back in the Eighties, you were either a mod, a long-haired rocker or a football casual and if you were a particularly awkward teenager you were a goth.’
    • ‘They are keeping this same spirit alive today, as have so many other garage, punk and mod bands for the past 40 years.’
    • ‘It was an era when official news bulletins were worrying themselves about mods and rockers, or the hallucinogenic drugs of the hippies.’
    • ‘The clubs I have been involved in here are either funk or mod clubs.’
    • ‘His dapper mod dress code contradicts the sweaty confrontationalism he projects on stage (and just off - any open dancefloor space is by rights his as well).’
    • ‘In the 1960s, he'd been the resident DJ at London's hippest mod club, The Scene.’
    • ‘Even the new dress codes and hairstyles of rockers, mods, or hippies became suspect.’
    • ‘The guitar and bass gave the sound real mod attitude, while the backing vocals added as much soul as the keyboards offered depth and quality to the experience.’
    • ‘By the late 60s many working-class mods had evolved into skinheads, and were listening to the music coming out of Jamaica at the time.’
    • ‘He didn't have a scooter, but he bought a mod parka and - as was de rigueur at the time - sewed a fox's tail onto it.’
    • ‘This brand new quartet has a sweet spin on '60s pop that any self-respecting Britpop and mod fanatic should check out.’
    • ‘Sharp shooting 70s and mod era riffs were pelted out to introduce the raw indie/garage punk sounds.’
    • ‘Men expect to see the return of the pointy-toe brogues with a thick leather sole, as well as the Chelsea boot to polish your mod style.’

Origin

Abbreviation of modern or modernist.

Pronunciation:

mod

/mäd/

Main definitions of mod in English

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mod2

preposition

Mathematics

Pronunciation:

mod

/mäd/

Main definitions of mod in English

: mod1mod2mod3

mod3

noun

informal
  • A modification.

    ‘a couple of minor mods to the wheels will ease the installation of the tires’
    • ‘Another popular mod, for cases that lack it, is attaching USB connections to the front of the case.’
    • ‘The design will need to incorporate all the same blogger tags, links and sidebar elements as the current template with scope for easy mods.’
    • ‘The mod in question allows players to zoom right in to the action and allows for a much more free experience.’

verb

[WITH OBJECT]informal
  • Make modifications to; modify.

    ‘both the single-player and multiplayer games can be modded’
    • ‘A good article in the Tech Review looks at the issue of mod chips, and how far companies go to stop anyone from modding their hardware.’
    • ‘I had thought about modding my PSU to make it modular, but never got around to actually doing it.’
    • ‘Needless to say, if I do start modding it, my first stop will be here.’
    • ‘Apple computers have been modded into PCs and vice versa.’
    • ‘The comments we got from sixteen year olds who were illegally modding their wetware at the time were priceless.’
    • ‘There are many other reasons people want to mod their consoles.’
    • ‘It'll be like modding a car: You buy the really basic model, and swap out the things you don't like for things you do like.’

Pronunciation:

mod

/mäd/