Main definitions of mod in US English:

: mod1mod2mod3mod4

mod1

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.’
    • ‘These two have a groovy townhouse with lots of mod furnishings.’
    • ‘A secret chamber with all mod surveillance and survival cons, it is all the rage in New York.’
    • ‘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.’
    in fashion, in vogue, voguish, popular, up to date, bang up to date, up to the minute, modern, all the rage, modish, trendsetting
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nounPlural Mods, Plural mods

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.

    • ‘I think a lot of mod music is cool, but I prefer to be black belt’
    • ‘After all, parents in earlier times were once scandalised by teddy boys and mods and hippies and punks.’
    • ‘Weekenders trace their roots to the mods and rockers' bank holiday rave-ups on the south coast in the Sixties.’
    • ‘It was an era when official news bulletins were worrying themselves about mods and rockers, or the hallucinogenic drugs of the hippies.’
    • ‘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).’
    • ‘Before there were mods and before flower power or hippies, there were beatniks.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘In the 1960s, he'd been the resident DJ at London's hippest mod club, The Scene.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘Even the new dress codes and hairstyles of rockers, mods, or hippies became suspect.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘They are keeping this same spirit alive today, as have so many other garage, punk and mod bands for the past 40 years.’
    • ‘The clubs I have been involved in here are either funk or mod clubs.’
    • ‘This brand new quartet has a sweet spin on '60s pop that any self-respecting Britpop and mod fanatic should check out.’
    • ‘No other clique can hold a candle to the mod fashionistas.’
    • ‘Definite '60s mod influence but nothing to intense and no retro feel.’

Origin

Abbreviation of modern or modernist.

Pronunciation

mod

/mɑd//mäd/

Main definitions of mod in US English:

: mod1mod2mod3mod4

mod2

preposition

Mathematics

Pronunciation

mod

/mɑd//mäd/

Main definitions of mod in US English:

: mod1mod2mod3mod4

mod3

nounPlural Mods, Plural mods

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.’

verbmodding, mods, modded

[with object]informal
  • Make modifications to; modify.

    ‘both the single-player and multiplayer games can be modded’
    • ‘The comments we got from sixteen year olds who were illegally modding their wetware at the time were priceless.’
    • ‘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.’
    • ‘There are many other reasons people want to mod their consoles.’
    • ‘Apple computers have been modded into PCs and vice versa.’
    • ‘Needless to say, if I do start modding it, my first stop will be here.’
    • ‘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

/mɑd//mäd/

Main definitions of mod in US English:

: mod1mod2mod3mod4

mod4

nounPlural Mods, Plural mods

informal
  • A person who moderates an online forum or discussion; a moderator.

    ‘the post was quickly removed by mods’

verbmodding, mods, modded

[with object]informal
  • (of the moderator of an online forum or discussion) delete (inappropriate or offensive content)

    ‘my post was modded and prevented from being posted’

Pronunciation

mod

/mɑd//mäd/