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[ood] /ud/
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 Unabridged
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  • 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.

    Mary Barton

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Coachmen were little squat men, wi' wigs like th' oud fashioned parsons.

    Mary Barton

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Thornton's as dour as a door-nail; an obstinate chap, every inch on him,—th' oud bulldog!'

    North and South Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • An' I ha' called you a tyrant, an' an oud bull-dog, and a hard, cruel master; that's where it stands.

    North and South Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • If it were the deuce's own scribble, and yo' axed me to read in it for yo'r sake, and th' oud gentleman's, I'd do it.

    North and South Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • The old town-hall (oud Stadhuis), a Gothic building of the 15th century, is now used as a museum of antiquities.

  • I han not seen th' oud ladies since their sorrows, and it's but manners to go and ax after them.

    Mary Barton

    Elizabeth Cleghorn Gaskell
  • Shiminey Christmas, vos yer tink I vould listen ter some more ohf dem lies mitoud dot I trownd it oud alretty?

  • Puddy soon ve hear somepody behint dot stages, und see Vood Hite had got oud der beck door.

British Dictionary definitions for oud


an Arabic stringed musical instrument resembling a lute or mandolin
Word Origin
from Arabic al `ūd, literally: the wood. Compare lute1
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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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