See also: Tod and TOD



Etymology 1Edit

From Middle English tod, of unknown origin. Possibly influenced by Etymology 2, due to its bushy tail.[1] Cognate with Scots tod.


tod (plural tods)

  1. (now Britain dialect) A fox.
    • Ben Jonson
      the wolf, the tod, the brock
    • Richard Adams, The Plague Dogs
      Who am Ah? Ah'm tod, whey Ah'm tod, ye knaw. Canniest riever on moss and moor!
    1. A male fox; a dog; a reynard.
  2. Someone like a fox; a crafty person.
Related termsEdit
  1. ^ Skeat

Etymology 2Edit

Apparently cognate with Saterland Frisian todde (bundle), Swedish todd (mass (of wool), dialectal).


tod (plural tods)

  1. A bush, especially of ivy.
    (Can we find and add a quotation of Edmund Spenser to this entry?)
    • Samuel Taylor Coleridge
      The ivy tod is heavy with snow.
  2. An old English measure of weight, usually of wool, containing two stone or 28 pounds (13 kg).
    • 1843, The Penny Cyclopaedia of the Society for the Diffusion of Useful Knowledge, Volume 27, p. 202:
      Seven pounds make a clove, 2 cloves a stone, 2 stone a tod, 6 1/2 tods a wey, 2 weys a sack, 12 sacks a last. [...] It is to be observed here that a sack is 13 tods, and a tod 28 pounds, so that the sack is 364 pounds.
    • 1882, James Edwin Thorold Rogers, A History of Agriculture and Prices in England, Volume 4, p. 209:
      Generally, however, the stone or petra, almost always of 14 lbs., is used, the tod of 28 lbs., and the sack of thirteen stone.


tod (third-person singular simple present tods, present participle todding, simple past and past participle todded)

  1. (obsolete) To weigh; to yield in tods.


Old High GermanEdit


From Proto-Germanic *dauþuz, akin to Old Saxon dōth, Old Dutch dōth, dōt, Old English dēaþ, Old Norse dauði, Gothic 𐌳𐌰𐌿𐌸𐌿𐍃 (dauþus).


tōd m

  1. death, cessation of life

Related termsEdit


  • Middle High German: tōd
    • Alemannic German:
      Swabian: Daod, Dod
    • Central Franconian:
      Hunsrik: Dod
    • German: Tod
    • Luxembourgish: Doud
    • Yiddish: טויט(toyt)





  1. (clarification of this definition is needed) thus