- the portion of food that a ruminant returns from the first stomach to the mouth to chew a second time.
- Dialect. quid1.
- chew one's/the cud, Informal. to meditate or ponder; ruminate.
Origin of cud
Examples from the Web for cud
I sometimes sit there chewing a phrase like a cow with cud a while before going on.Leah Hager Cohen: How I Write
September 12, 2012
Among these the sheep graze, the donkeys bray, and the cows chew the cud.Welsh Fairy Tales
William Elliott Griffis
Naething ever onybody said cud gar me think different o' him!'Heather and Snow
More than ever now my father chewed the cud of his great disappointment.The Woman Thou Gavest Me
Chew you the cud of that until the hangman's coming in the morning.The Tavern Knight
He had chewed the cud of his own virtue for too long a time, and it had given him a sour stomach.Rope
- partially digested food regurgitated from the first stomach of cattle and other ruminants to the mouth for a second chewing
- chew the cud to reflect or think over something
Word Origin and History for cud
Old English cudu "cud," earlier cwudu, common Germanic (cf. Old Norse kvaða "resin," Old High German quiti "glue," German Kitt "putty"); perhaps from PIE root *gwet- "resin, gum."
- Food that has been partly digested and brought up from the first stomach to the mouth again for further chewing by ruminants, such as cattle and sheep.