Definitions

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

  • n. Chiefly British A unit of weight for wool, especially one equivalent to about 28 pounds (12.7 kilograms).
  • n. Chiefly British A bushy clump, as of ivy.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. A fox.
  • n. Someone like a fox; a crafty person.
  • n. A bush; used especially of ivy.
  • n. An old English measure of weight, usually of wool, containing two stone or 28 pounds (13 kg).
  • v. To weigh; to yield in tods.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. A bush; a thick shrub; a bushy clump.
  • n. An old weight used in weighing wool, being usually twenty-eight pounds.
  • n. A fox; -- probably so named from its bushy tail.
  • v. To weigh; to yield in tods.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • n. A bush, especially of ivy; a thick mass of growing foliage.
  • n. An old weight, used chiefly for wool and varying in amount locally. It was commonly equal to 28 pounds.
  • To yield a tod in weight; weigh or produce a tod.
  • n. A fox.
  • n. A drink; toddy.

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

  • adj. alone and on your own
  • n. a unit of weight for wool equal to about 28 pounds

Etymologies

Middle English todde.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Origin unknown. (Wiktionary)
Apparently cognate with East Frisian todde ("bundle"), dialectal Swedish todd ("mass (of wool)"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

  • i have kept martin tod, chris rennard, nick clegg and the tory candidate steve brine in the picture about all of this and done my best to be open about the future but its not easy given the amount of hate towards me and the desire some people have to cause trouble.

    Archive 2008-05-01

  • The custom is now extinct, but formerly an Ivy bush (called a tod of Ivy) was universally hung out in front of taverns in England, as it still is in Brittany and Normandy.

    The plant-lore & garden-craft of Shakespeare

  • The tod was the same 28-pound measure, used specifically for wool.

    BBC News - Home

  • i also really like to watch this one guy called tod wilbur who is absolutely fantastic with recreating restaurant foods.

    cooltwinz Diary Entry

  • Why, of course there is skill and fascination in it, for it combines the virtues of golf and baseball, and "tod" is quite as good as a football goal.

    London's Underworld

  • "Hop-scotch" season has commenced, and as if by magic the pavements of the narrow streets are covered with chalked lines, geometrical figures and numerals, and the mysterious word "tod" confronts you, stares at you, and puzzles you.

    London's Underworld

  • Who can understand the intricacies of "hop-scotch" or the fascination of "tod"?

    London's Underworld

  • As to toilet etiquette when on your tod, I would suggest that the answer depends on what you plan to do in there and how soon you are expecting people to return.

    Norwich City v Tottenham Hotspur – as it happened | Paul Doyle

  • Jennifer Chen for the Wall Street Journal Ruea Thong's cooks are experts at deep-frying: tod mun goong, shrimp cakes, are light and greaseless, as are the goong foy tod, cakes of baby shrimp that come with a Chinese-style cucumber-chili salad.

    Eating in Southeast Asia

  • I'd been forewarned that I'd be pretty much on my tod for the trip, my hosts all being wondrously insane enough to be putting on the show immediately before finals week.

    Archive 2010-06-01

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  • This rustical son of the sod
    Is ready as any for fraud.
    The wool you apprise
    He'll pull over your eyes
    And sell you a stone as a tod.

    March 31, 2014

  • An English unit of weight, chiefly for wool, commonly equal to 28 pounds (12.7 kilograms) but varying locally.

    May 2, 2009

  • "'That's cobblers,' says Edgington. 'It's like this, Churchill likes his grub, but if he's caught eating venison on his tod, the Daily Mirror would be in an uproar. CHURCHILL EATS ROYAL DEER WHILE OUR LADS EAT CURRIED ITALIAN GRASS. So, as a cover he invites a load of hungry-guts Russians who are pissed off with black bread and onion soup, and they come at the double.'"
    - Spike Milligan, 'Mussolini: My Part In His Downfall.'

    April 19, 2009

  • In Slovene: one of the three words for "there":
    tam means "at that place": Tam so bili vsi njegovi prijatelji. ("All his friends were there.")
    tja means "to that place": Gremo tja naslednji teden. ("We're going there next week.")
    tod means "through that place, along that way": Vsak dan hiti tod mimo. ("He hurries past there every day.")

    April 17, 2009

  • Dot backwards.

    April 17, 2009

  • In German: dead.

    September 11, 2008

  • :'( this Is disconcerting...

    July 16, 2008