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

  • n. A section of grass-covered surface soil held together by matted roots; turf.
  • n. The ground, especially when covered with grass.
  • transitive 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).
  • transitive v. To damn.
  • sod off Used in the imperative to dismiss someone angrily.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • v. Simple past of seethe.
  • adj. Boiled.
  • adj. Sodden; incompletely risen.
  • n. A damper (bread) which has failed to rise, remaining a flat lump.
  • 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.
  • n. Turf grown and cut specifically for the establishment of lawns.
  • v. To cover with sod.
  • n. Sodomite; bugger.
  • n. A person, usually male; often qualified with an adjective.
  • interj. expression of surprise, contempt, outrage, disgust, boredom, frustration.
  • v. Bugger; sodomize.
  • v. Damn, curse, confound.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • imp. of seethe.
  • n. The rock dove.
  • 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.
  • transitive v. To cover with sod; to turf.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • To cover with sod; turf.
  • An obsolete preterit and past participle of seethe.
  • 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.

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

  • 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


Middle English, from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch sode.
Short for sodomite.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
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From sodomize, by shortening (Wiktionary)
Originally a back-formation from the past participle (sodden). (Wiktionary)



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    June 28, 2008

  • Sionnach, I think you mispronounced that.

    June 27, 2008

  • Did someone say "Hwaet!"?

    June 27, 2008

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    June 27, 2008

  • Yarb, how'd you get the extra spaces in there?

    June 27, 2008

  • In Slovene, the adjective sod means "even, divisible by two": soda števila "even numbers".

    June 26, 2008

  • Hwaet! When he went,       as hordes will one day,
    this provincial sod,       who some say poeticised,
    was missed by a wife,       a mother and one
    or two other women -       no workmates spilt tears.

    - Peter Reading, Remaindered, from Fiction, 1979

    June 26, 2008

  • Citation on nympho.

    June 22, 2008