From Middle English clod, a late by-form of clot, from Proto-West Germanic *klott (mass, ball, clump). Compare clot and cloud; cognate to Dutch klodde (rag) and kloot (clod).



clod (plural clods)

  1. A lump of something, especially of earth or clay.
  2. The ground; the earth; a spot of earth or turf.
  3. A stupid person; a dolt.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of John Dryden to this entry?)
    • 1906, Robert Barr, The Triumphs of Eugène Valmont
      'What was its number?'
      'I don't know, sir.'
      'You clod! Why didn't you call one of our men, whoever was nearest, and leave him to shadow the American while you followed the cab?'
    • 1986 February 14, Bill Watterson, Calvin and Hobbes
      So here's a valentine for you, you insensitive clod!!
    • 1998, Chickenpox (episode of South Park TV series)
      Gerald Broflovski: You see Kyle, we humans work as a society, and in order for a society to thrive, we need gods and clods.
    • 2015, "Jail Break" (episode of Steven Universe TV series)
      Peridot: Don't touch that! You clods don't know what you're doing!
  4. Part of a shoulder of beef, or of the neck piece near the shoulder.



clod (third-person singular simple present clods, present participle clodding, simple past and past participle clodded)

  1. (transitive) To pelt with clods.
    • 1906, Mark Twain,Eve's Diary"
      "When I went there yesterday evening in the gloaming it had crept down and was trying to catch the little speckled fishes that play in the pool, and I had to clod it to make it go up the tree again and let them alone."
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Jonson to this entry?)
  2. (transitive, Scotland) To throw violently; to hurl.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Sir Walter Scott to this entry?)
  3. To collect into clods, or into a thick mass; to coagulate; to clot.
    • G. Fletcher
      Clodded in lumps of clay.

Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster’s Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(See the entry for clod in
Webster’s Revised Unabridged Dictionary, G. & C. Merriam, 1913.)


Middle EnglishEdit

Alternative formsEdit


A late by-form of clot of unclear provenance. Compare Old English *clod, a form of clot found in compounds and placenames.



clod (plural cloddes)

  1. A clod; a ball of earth or clay.
  2. (rare) A clot or clump of blood.
  3. (rare) A shoulder of beef.

Derived termsEdit


  • English: clod
  • Scots: clod




From Proto-Celtic *klutom (rumour; fame), from Proto-Indo-European *ḱlew- (heard, famous) (whence also clywed (to hear)).



clod m (plural clodydd)

  1. praise, renown, credit
  2. distinction (in exam results)

Derived termsEdit


Welsh mutation
radical soft nasal aspirate
clod glod nghlod chlod
Note: Some of these forms may be hypothetical. Not every
possible mutated form of every word actually occurs.

Further readingEdit

  • R. J. Thomas, G. A. Bevan, P. J. Donovan, A. Hawke et al., editors (1950–present) , “clod”, in Geiriadur Prifysgol Cymru Online (in Welsh), University of Wales Centre for Advanced Welsh & Celtic Studies