American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- n. A section of grass-covered surface soil held together by matted roots; turf.
- n. The ground, especially when covered with grass.
- v. To cover with sod.
- n. A sodomite.
- n. A person regarded as obnoxious or contemptible.
- n. A fellow; a guy: "Poor sod, he almost got lucky for once” ( Jack Higgins).
- v. To damn.
- sod off Used in the imperative to dismiss someone angrily.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The upper stratum of grass-land, containing the roots of grass and the other herbs that may be growing in it; the sward or turf.
- n. A piece of this grassy stratum pared or pulled off; a turf; a divot or fail.
- To cover with sod; turf.
- An obsolete preterit and past participle of seethe.
- n. 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.
- n. Turf grown and cut specifically for the establishment of lawns.
- v. To cover with sod.
- n. UK, vulgar Sodomite; bugger.
- n. UK, slang, mildly pejorative, formerly considered vulgar A person, usually male; often qualified with an adjective.
- interj. UK, vulgar expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.
- v. transitive, UK, slang, vulgar Bugger; sodomize.
- v. transitive, UK, slang, vulgar Damn, curse, confound.
- v. obsolete Simple past of seethe.
- adj. obsolete Boiled.
- adj. Australia Sodden; incompletely risen.
- n. Australia, colloquial A damper (bread) which has failed to rise, remaining a flat lump.
GNU Webster's 1913
- n. (Zoöl.), Prov. Eng. The rock dove.
- imp. of seethe.
- n. That stratum of the surface of the soil which is filled with the roots of grass, or any portion of that surface; turf; sward.
- v. To cover with sod; to turf.
- n. an informal British term for a youth or man
- v. cover with sod
- n. an enzyme that catalyzes the conversion of superoxide into hydrogen peroxide and oxygen
- n. someone who engages in anal copulation (especially a male who engages in anal copulation with another male)
- n. surface layer of ground containing a mat of grass and grass roots
- Originally a back-formation from the past participle (sodden). (Wiktionary)
- Middle English, from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch sode.Short for sodomite. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“It seemed as if I should never be satisfied till I had felt the sod under my feet, sod in the Mulberry Bend!”
“In the 1800's Americans used to live out on the prairies in sod huts before the days of the microwave burrito.”
“Not only does it take time to cut, compose and hammer, but the sod is uneasy too.”
“All of us “civilized Westerners” would still be living in sod huts.”
“Because some middle class sod is too lazy and too dumb to test the water from the taps as one does BEFORE putting the plug in?”
“The Korean sod is ecologically barren, and who wants more lawn, really?”
“Bit like now I suppose, sruggling in the half light trying to overcome an insurmountable problem while some treacly sod is in the background telling you how to go about it without having to demonstrate.”
“You and your telescope; that is what we Brits call sod's law.”
“There are umpteen pressure groups from so called minorities, all busy being ‘offended’ or at least told that they should be offended so that as much fuss can be made as possible, and some poor sod is hauled over the coals.”
“Believe me, sod is far better and worth the slightly additional cost.”
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