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  • adj. Like a clod, a person who is foolish, stupid or parochial.
  • adj. Of or pertaining to lumpy soil.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • adj. Resembling clods; gross; low; stupid; boorish.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • Of the nature of a clod; earthy; hence, earthly; base; low.
  • Clownish; boorish; doltish; uncouth; ungainly.

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

  • adj. heavy and dull and stupid


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  • Edgar spares us the spectacle of a make-believe Lamour, it's studded with other vignettes and dubious representations of historical figures: a charm-free Ginger Rogers, a blank-slate Charles Lindbergh, a cloddish Robert F. Kennedy and an appallingly crude approximation of Richard Nixon.

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  • Sometimes her balancing is cloddish (as deliciously cheesy as it is, her snap 'n b spin on Foreigner's "I Want To Know What Love Is" feels like a forced union of Old Mariah and New Mariah), and sometimes it's acrobatic.

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  • An overwhelming majority of my friends have dating horror stories, filled with bad manners and cloddish moments.

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  • The lumbering "ships of the desert" are not as cloddish as they seem?

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  • David Berkowitz, in contrast, went right for the red devil, not just unpredictable but purely mad, a quiet, cloddish man wandering the night streets like a monster.

    Grand Fury

  • In any event, the doors swing to nearly perpendicular to the body, making it possible to alight gracefully on the tall, upright chairs, rather than execute anything so low-born and cloddish as "sitting."

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  • She took a few steps forward, then squeezed into one of the chairs, feeling suddenly cloddish and fat.

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  • Yes, we have Republican politicos who have made cloddish efforts to capitalize on public sentiment, here vowing a government witch-hunt if elected, there saying no mosque near Ground Zero until we see a church in Saudi Arabia.

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  • By wrapping their cloddish values in the flag of libertarianism, they sabotage the hard work of libertarians who take part in polite society and do not feel compelled to constantly exhibit their adolescent impulses in public.

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  • Exceeding the mandate seems almost an understatement as Chelios, per Ian Penny's letter of resignation, describing the AHL defenseman as almost a cloddish overwrought Phillip Marlowe on steroids.

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  • "American Sign Language displays a grammatical economy that English doesn't have: with a twist of the wrist or an extra revolution of the arm (for varying the spatial signal gives SL much of its grammar), a verb can be inflected to convey a nuanced spectrum of meanings that in english requires CLODDISH circumlocution." - Talking Hands by Margalit Fox

    November 17, 2008