Wordsmith.Org


A.Word.A.Day

About Us | What's New | Search | Site Map | Contact Us  


Home

Today's Word

Yesterday's Word

Archives

FAQ


A.Word.A.Day--clodhopper

Pronunciation RealAudio

clodhopper (KLOD-hop-uhr) noun

1. A clumsy, awkward fellow.

2. A strong, heavy work shoe.

[Apparently modeled after grasshopper: clod + hopper.]

See more usage examples of clodhopper in Vocabulary.com's dictionary.

"They (drugs) cannot make a champion athlete out of a clodhopper. Winners still need the legs, the lungs and, above all, the heart to succeed."
Mick Hume; Let's Inject Some Sense Into This; The Times (London, UK); Oct 27, 2003.

"Acts of creation are ordinarily reserved for gods and poets, but humbler folk may circumvent this restriction if they know how. To plant a pine, for example, one need be neither god nor poet; one need only own a good shovel. By virtue of this curious loophole in the rules, any clodhopper may say: Let there be a tree--and there will be one."
Aldo Leopold; conservationist (1887-1948).

X-Bonus

Conscience is thoroughly well-bred and soon leaves off talking to those who do not wish to hear it. -Samuel Butler, writer (1835-1902)

The Book:
A Word A Day is now a book. Find it in your local bookstore or at Amazon.com.

"A delightful, quirky collection." -The New York Times

Join Us:
Subscribe to A.Word.A.Day to receive it in your mailbox every day.

Anu on Words:
Writer Magazine
Globe & Mail 

Interact:

Bulletin board
AWADtalk

Moderated Chat
AWADchat

Readers' Voice
AWADmail

Subscriber Services
Awards | Stats | Links | Privacy Policy
Contribute | Advertise

© 2014 Wordsmith