1 [kod]
noun, plural (especially collectively) cod (especially referring to two or more kinds or species) cods.
any of several soft-rayed food fishes of the family Gadidae, especially Gadus morhua, of cool, North Atlantic waters.
a closely related fish, Gadus macrocephalus, of the North Pacific.
any of several unrelated fishes, as rockfishes of the genus Sebastes.

1325–75; Middle English origin uncertain Unabridged


2 [kod]
Slang: Vulgar. testicle.

before 1000; Middle English; Old English codd; akin to Old Norse koddi pillow




Also, cod.


cash, or collect, on delivery (payment to be made when delivered to the purchaser).
Also, c.o.d.

1855–60, Americanism Unabridged
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cod1 (kɒd)
n , pl cod, cods
1.  any of the gadoid food fishes of the genus Gadus, esp G. morhua (or G. callarias), which occurs in the North Atlantic and has a long body with three rounded dorsal fins: family GadidaeThey are also a source of cod-liver oil
2.  See gadid any other fish of the family Gadidae
3.  (Austral) any of various unrelated Australian fish, such as the Murray cod
[C13: probably of Germanic origin; compare Old High German cutte]

cod2 (kɒd)
1.  dialect (Brit), (US) a pod or husk
2.  an obsolete word for scrotum
3.  obsolete a bag or envelope
[Old English codd husk, bag; related to Old Norse koddi, Danish kodde]

cod3 (kɒd)
vb , cods, codding, codded
1.  slang (Brit), (Irish) to make fun of; tease
2.  slang (Brit), (Irish) to play a trick on; fool
3.  slang (Brit), (Irish) a hoax or trick
4.  slang (Irish) a fraud; hoaxer: he's an old cod
5.  slang (Brit) mock; sham: cod Latin
[C19: perhaps from earlier cod a fool, perhaps shortened from codger]

cod4 (kɒd)
dialect (Northern English) a fellow; chap: he's a nice old cod
[of unknown origin]

Cape Cod See Cape Cod

abbreviation for
1.  cash on delivery
2.  (in the US) collect on delivery

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Word Origin & History

abbreviation of cash on delivery, 1859, originally Amer.Eng.

1273, cotfish, origin unknown; despite similarity of form it has no conclusive connection to the widespread Gmc. word for "bag" (cf. O.E. codd, source of codpiece, q.v.). Cod-liver oil known since at least 1615, recommended medicinally since 1783, but not popular as a remedy until after 1825.
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Cultural Dictionary

COD definition

An abbreviation for “cash on delivery” or “collect on delivery.”

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Abbreviations & Acronyms
  1. cash on delivery

  2. cause of death

  3. chemical oxygen demand

  4. collect on delivery

  5. Concise Oxford Dictionary

  1. Latin codex (manuscript volume)

  2. codicil

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Example sentences for cod
In the autumn the dried cod was stored in depots and sometimes used as payment.
The upper cape is the section of cape cod closest to the mainland.
Those reworked sediments that moved north went to the tip of cape cod.
Cape cod was among the first places settled by europeans in north america.
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