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

  • n. Any of various marine fishes of the family Gadidae, especially Gadus morhua, an important food fish of northern Atlantic waters. Also called codfish.
  • n. A husk or pod.
  • n. Archaic The scrotum.
  • n. Obsolete A bag.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A bag.
  • n. A husk or integument; a pod.
  • n. The scrotum (also in plural).
  • n. A marine fish of the family Gadidae.
  • n. A marine fish resembling a cod of the genus Gadus, such as the rock cod.
  • n. A joke or an imitation.
  • n. A stupid or foolish person.
  • adj. Having the character of imitation; jocular. (now usually attributive, forming mostly compound adjectives).
  • v. To attempt to deceive or confuse.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A husk; a pod.
  • n. A small bag or pouch.
  • n. The scrotum.
  • n. A pillow or cushion.
  • n. An important edible fish (Gadus morrhua), taken in immense numbers on the northern coasts of Europe and America. It is especially abundant and large on the Grand Bank of Newfoundland. It is salted and dried in large quantities.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bag.
  • n. A pillow; a bolster; a cushion.
  • n. Any husk, shell, envelop, or case containing the seeds of a plant; a pod.
  • n. The scrotum.
  • n. The belly; paunch.
  • n. plural The testicles.
  • n. The narrow part at the extremity of a trawl-net, usually 4 or 5 feet wide and 10 feet long. See trawl-net.
  • To inclose in a cod.
  • To form an involucre; become a codling: said of an apple.
  • n. The common English name of the Gadus morrhua, an anacanthine fish of the family Gadidæ, and its best-known representative.
  • n. A chiroid fish, Ophiodon elongatus, of the Pacific coasts of North America, universally called cod and codfish where the true cod is unknown. Also called cultus-cod.
  • n. A serranoid fish, Polyprion oxygeneios, of New Zealand, properly called hapuka.
  • n. In New Zealand, the rock-cod.
  • n. Misapplied at San Francisco to a sebastine fish, Sebastichthys flavidus, and about Puget Sound to a chiroid fish, Hexagrammus decagrammus.
  • n. A serranoid fish, Serranus (?) cuvieri, of South Africa.
  • n. A percophidoid flsh, Percis colias, of New Zealand.
  • To make fun of or play practical jokes upon.
  • To play practical jokes.
  • n. A practical joke; a guy; a grind.
  • n. The bearing of a car-axle; a bush.
  • To fish for cod.
  • An abbreviation of Codex.

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

  • adj. payable by the recipient on delivery
  • v. harass with persistent criticism or carping
  • n. the vessel that contains the seeds of a plant (not the seeds themselves)
  • n. lean white flesh of important North Atlantic food fish; usually baked or poached
  • n. major food fish of Arctic and cold-temperate waters
  • adv. collecting the charges upon delivery
  • v. fool or hoax


Middle English.
Middle English, from Old English codd.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
From Old English codd, from Proto-Germanic *kuddaz. (Wiktionary)
Origin uncertain; perhaps ultimately the same as Etymology 1, above. (Wiktionary)
Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)



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