Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. A lump or chunk, especially of earth or clay.
  • n. Earth or soil.
  • n. A dull, stupid person; a dolt.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. a lump of something, especially of earth or clay
  • n. a stupid person; a dolt
  • v. To pelt with clods.
  • v. To throw violently; to hurl.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A lump or mass, especially of earth, turf, or clay.
  • n. The ground; the earth; a spot of earth or turf.
  • n. That which is earthy and of little relative value, as the body of man in comparison with the soul.
  • n. A dull, gross, stupid fellow; a dolt.
  • n. A part of the shoulder of a beef creature, or of the neck piece near the shoulder. See Illust. of Beef.
  • intransitive v. To collect into clods, or into a thick mass; to coagulate; to clot. See clot.
  • transitive v. To pelt with clods.
  • transitive v. To throw violently; to hurl.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To pelt with clods or stones.
  • To form into clods.
  • To cover with earth, as seeds; harrow.
  • To confine in what is earthy and base, as the soul in the body.
  • To throw with violence.
  • A dialectal variant of clothe.
  • n. Any lump or mass; sometimes, a concreted mass; a clot.
  • n. Specifically A lump of earth, or earth and turf; a lump of clay.
  • n. In coal-mining, indurated clay: the equivalent of bind.
  • n. A stretch of ground or turf; earth; soil.
  • n. Anything earthy, base, and vile; poetically, the body of man in comparison with his soul: as, “this corporeal clod,”
  • n. A dull, gross, stupid fellow; a dolt.
  • n. A bait used in fishing for eels, consisting of a bunch of lobworms or earthworms strung on worsted yarn: also called a bob. See clod-fishing.
  • n. A butchers' term for a cut of beef from the fore quarter opposite the cross-rib.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. an awkward stupid person
  • n. a compact mass

Etymologies

Middle English, variant of clot, lump; see clot.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)

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  • On Missouri eels revelation in frogapplause comment:

    Hence Miss-Ouri?
    Miss-Issippi must have 'Ms.ed the boat'?

    July 13, 2012

  • That's an awesome fact, frog!

    July 13, 2012

  • I grew up hearing people being called clodhoppers. I had no idea that the word had anything to do with eels, especially since eels are uncommon in Missouri.

    Interesting fact: All eels in Missouri are female.
    link

    July 13, 2012

  • "A bait used in fishing for eels, consisting of a bunch of lobworms or earthworms strung on worsted yarn: also called a bob. See clod-fishing."

    --Cent. Dict.

    July 13, 2012