• Sod

    Pronunciation

    • Rhymes: -ɒd

    Origin 1

    Full definition of sod

    Noun

    sod

    (uncountable)
    1. (uncountable) That stratum of the surface of the soil which is filled with the roots of grass, or any portion of that surface; turf; sward.
      • CollinsShe there shall dress a sweeter sod
        Than Fancy's feet have ever trod.
    2. Turf grown and cut specifically for the establishment of lawns.The landscapers rolled sod onto the bare earth and made a presentable lawn by nightfall.

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    Verb

    1. To cover with sod.He sodded the worn areas twice a year.

    Origin 2

    From sodomize, by shortening

    Noun

    sod

    (plural sods)
    1. (British, vulgar) Sodomite; bugger.
    2. (British, slang, mildly pejorative, formerly considered vulgar) A person, usually male; often qualified with an adjective.You mean old sod!poor sodunlucky sod

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    Interjection

    1. (UK, vulgar) expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.

    Verb

    1. (transitive, British, slang, vulgar) Bugger; sodomize.
    2. (transitive, British, slang, vulgar) Damn, curse, confound.Sod him!, Sod it!, Sod that bastard!

    Derived terms

    Origin 3

    Originally a Back-formation from {{3}} the past participle (sodden).

    Verb

    form of verb
    1. (obsolete)

      sod

      (simple past of seethe)

    Adjective

    sod

    1. (obsolete) Boiled.
      • 1621, Robert Burton, The Anatomy of Melancholy, New York 2001, p. 223:Beer, if it be over-new, or over-stale, over-strong, or not sod, ... is most unwholesome, frets, and galls, etc.
    2. (Australia, of bread) Sodden; incompletely risen.sod damper

    Noun

    sod

    (plural sods)
    1. (Australia, colloquial) A damper (bread) which has failed to rise, remaining a flat lump.
      • 1954, Tom Ronan, Vision Splendid, quoted in Tom Burton, Words in Your Ear, Wakefield Press (1999), ISBN 1-86254-475-1, page 120:And Mart the cook the shovel took
        And swung the damper to and fro.
        'Another sod, so help me God,
        That's fourteen in a flamin' row.

    Origin 4

    Noun

    sod

    (plural sods)
    1. The rock dove.

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