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cloddish

[klod-ish] /ˈklɒd ɪʃ/
adjective
1.
of, relating to, or resembling a clod or boor; doltish; stolid.
Origin of cloddish
1835-1845
1835-45; clod + -ish1
Related forms
cloddishly, adverb
cloddishness, noun
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  • She was no longer a cloddish lump of horseflesh, but an individual, a soul; Gregg's hand fell from his gun.

    The Seventh Man Max Brand
  • Raw-boned, angular, cloddish but as strong as a mule, he towered over her in a maddening atmosphere of proprietorship.

    Desert Dust Edwin L. Sabin
  • There is something in a moonlit night at sea that must touch in the most cloddish heart a spring of fancy.

  • The historian remarks: "The cloddish, shiftless farmer is perhaps safer in Massachusetts."

  • But how would it have been with a cloddish unimaginative fellow, whom nature never intended should understand Shakspere?

    A Logic Of Facts George Jacob Holyoake
  • It should rather be an expression of his grand unnatural remoteness from the cloddish life.

    Crome Yellow Aldous Huxley
Word Origin and History for cloddish
adj.

1844, from clod (n.) + -ish. Related: Clodishly; clodishness.

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