noun (plural same)
- 1A large marine fish with a small barbel on the chin.
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- Family Gadidae (the cod family): many genera and species, in particular the North Atlantic Gadus morhua, of great importance as a food fish. The cod family also includes the haddock, ling, pollack, whiting, and other food fishes
- Place the salted codfish into a bowl, breaking it into large chunks.
- The deer were gone, and the codfish that sustained the local economy was mostly salted for export.
- The happy family travel to the local steam baths and cleanse themselves before settling down to a meal of boiled codfish.
- 1.1Used in names of fishes that are similar or related to the cod, e.g. rock cod, tomcod.More example sentences
- Murray cod was listed as a threatened species under the Environment Protection and Biodiversity Conservation Act in July last year.
- And the Murray cod - a totem in both indigenous and settler cultures in these parts - has always been a prized food.
Middle English: of unknown origin; one suggestion is that the word is the same as Old English cod(d) 'bag', because of the fish's appearance.
British • informal
- Not authentic; fake: a cod Mittel-European accentMore example sentences
- Curiously it's metropolitans in Belfast and Dublin who are the most ready to put on cod Fermanagh accents.
- The actor's cod British accent was perhaps questionable, but who cares?
- We can see through the pseudo-humility, cod philosophy and self-serving attempts to gain a reputation as a staunch supporter of charitable causes.
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- 1A joke or hoax: I suppose it could all be a codMore example sentences
- Just like the mail doesn't stop, the cods don't stop, either,’ he said.
- It's a bit of a marketing cod, because when you see this car in the flesh, it very much resembles a pumped-up version of the competition from the side and the rear.
- 2Irish A foolish person: he’s making a cod of himselfMore example sentences
- The first thing that went through my head was ‘Is he trying to make a cod out of me?’
verb (cods, codding, codded)[with object] Back to top
- Play a joke or trick on (someone): he was definitely codding themMore example sentences
- Getting money for elections from party headquarters, are you codding me?
- ‘Anyone who thinks the builders would take this money off a new house price is codding themselves,’ he said.
- I'm codding myself that I'll shake it off in a few days.
late 17th century (denoting a person of a specified kind): of uncertain origin.