American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A pouch at the crotch of the tight-fitting breeches worn by men in the 15th and 16th centuries.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. In medieval male costume, a part of the hose in front, at the separation of the legs, made loose or in the form of flap, or in some cases separately attached: it was rendered necessary by the extreme tightness of the garment from about 1475 to 1550.
- n. In carriage-trimming, a half-circle at the lower front corner of a carriage top cast solid with the side-quarter or sewed on: used to cover slat-irons and prop-post.
- n. A part of male dress in front of the breeches to cover the male genitals, sometimes made very conspicuous in former times.
- n. A conspicuous protection for the male genitals in a suit of plate armor.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. A part of male dress in front of the breeches, formerly made very conspicuous.
- n. (15th-16th century) a flap for the crotch of men's tight-fitting breeches
- From Middle English cod (“scrotum”) + piece. (Wiktionary)
- Middle English codpece : cod, bag, scrotum (from Old English codd, bag) + pece, piece; see piece. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“Och, "the figure added, in a different tone," and did you know as your codpiece are open? ”
Villains by Necessity
“I've also heard he had a cuttlefish in his codpiece, which is likely where that cod-fishing rumor came from...he was trying to correct the fit!”
“For the codpiece is the principal and most especial piece of armour that a warrior doth carry; and therefore do I maintain even to the fire (exclusively, understand you me), that no Turks can properly be said to be armed men, in regard that codpieces are by their law forbidden to be worn.”
“Will you maintain, quoth Pantagruel, that the codpiece is the chief piece of a military harness?”
“He praises many un praiseworthy things besides debt: his praise of the codpiece is a considered essay on generation, as well as an ironic commentary on that segment of a man's trousers.”
“I played Iago's codpiece in Othello, and I gave my Bottom nightly for two months - and it was very well-received, I might add - in a production of Midsummer Night's Dream.”
“Perhaps the righties would be more amenable if Obama started wearing a flight suit w/matching codpiece when making speeches …”
“At the after-party I put him in his place by saying“Is that an erect annual plant in your codpiece, Mr. Flax, or are you just glad to see me?””
“At the after-party I put him in his place by saying “Is that an erect annual plant in your codpiece, Mr. Flax, or are you just glad to see me?””
“I saw the codpiece, but memory bleached it to white.”
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Anything worn from the waist down.
my favourite era
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