Clod



[klod] /klɒd/

noun
1.
a lump or mass, especially of earth or clay.
2.
a stupid person; blockhead; dolt.
3.
earth; soil.
4.
something of lesser dignity or value, as the body as contrasted with the soul:
this corporeal clod.
5.
a part of a shoulder of beef.
/klɒd/
noun
1.
a lump of earth or clay
2.
earth, esp when heavy or in hard lumps
3.
Also called clodpole, clod poll, clodpate. a dull or stupid person
4.
a cut of beef taken from the shoulder
n.

“lump of earth or clay,” Old English clod- (in clodhamer “the fieldfare,” a kind of thrush, literally “field-goer”), from Proto-Germanic *kludda-, from PIE *gleu- (see clay).

Synonymous with collateral clot until meaning differentiated 18c. Meaning “person” (“mere lump of earth”) is from 1590s; that of “blockhead” is from c.1600 (cf. clodpate, clodpoll, etc.). It also was a verb in Middle English, meaning both “to coagulate, form into clods” and “to break up clods after plowing.”

noun

A stupid person

[1605+; fr clodpate or clodpole, ”clodhead”]

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