- a musical instrument of the Middle East and northern Africa belonging to the lute family.
Origin of oud
1730–40; < Arabic ʿūd literally, wood; see lute1
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Examples from the Web for oud
But I vil get you oud all der same, if I can, vich I don'd know so much apoud, ash der door vas fastened tighter ash a brick.Fritz to the Front
Edward L. Wheeler
Babby began to scream o' th' oud fashion, and we took it turn and turn about to sit up and rock it.
Coachmen were little squat men, wi' wigs like th' oud fashioned parsons.
Thornton's as dour as a door-nail; an obstinate chap, every inch on him,—th' oud bulldog!'
An' I ha' called you a tyrant, an' an oud bull-dog, and a hard, cruel master; that's where it stands.
- an Arabic stringed musical instrument resembling a lute or mandolin
from Arabic al `ūd, literally: the wood. Compare lute 1
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Word Origin and History for oud
"lute or mandolin of Arab lands," 1738, from Arabic 'ud, literally "wood." Also cf. lute.
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