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scud1

[skuhd] /skʌd/
verb (used without object), scudded, scudding.
1.
to run or move quickly or hurriedly.
2.
Nautical. to run before a gale with little or no sail set.
3.
Archery. (of an arrow) to fly too high and wide of the mark.
noun
4.
the act of scudding.
5.
clouds, spray, or mist driven by the wind; a driving shower or gust of wind.
6.
low-drifting clouds appearing beneath a cloud from which precipitation is falling.
Origin of scud1
1525-1535
First recorded in 1525-35, scud is from the Middle Low German word schudden to shake

scud2

[skuhd] /skʌd/
verb (used with object), scudded, scudding.
1.
to cleanse (a trimmed and roughly depilated skin or hide) of remaining hairs or dirt.
noun
2.
the hairs or dirt removed by scudding.
Origin
First recorded in 1635-45; perhaps to be identified with obsolete scud dirt < ?

Scud

or Scud missile

[skuhd] /skʌd/
noun
1.
a surface-to-surface missile, especially one deployed on a mobile launcher.
Origin
the NATO name for a missile developed by the Soviets in the 1960s; probably from scud in the sense “to move quickly”
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  • I never seed a scud on the 'Banks' but 'ut it was allus follered by a fog.

    Left on Labrador

    Charles Asbury Stephens
  • A Manx or Gaelic term for the scud or small clouds that drive with the wind.

    The Sailor's Word-Book William Henry Smyth
  • After laying to for three hours they were compelled to scud before the wind.

    Notable Voyagers W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
  • The scud is flying all over us now that we are running before the wind.

    The Ghost Ship John C. Hutcheson
  • I should be blinded if I did, or blistered by the “scud” of the angular atoms.

    The Rifle Rangers Captain Mayne Reid
British Dictionary definitions for scud

scud

/skʌd/
verb scuds, scudding, scudded
1.
(intransitive) (esp of clouds) to move along swiftly and smoothly
2.
(intransitive) (nautical) to run before a gale
3.
(transitive) (Scot) to hit; slap
noun
4.
the act of scudding
5.
(meteorol)
  1. a formation of low fractostratus clouds driven by a strong wind beneath rain-bearing clouds
  2. a sudden shower or gust of wind
6.
(Scot) a slap
Word Origin
C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Norwegian skudda to thrust, Swedish skudda to shake

Scud

/skʌd/
noun
1.
(informal) a Soviet-made surface-to-surface missile, originally designed to carry nuclear warheads and with a range of 300 km; later modified to achieve greater range: used by Iraq in the Iran-Iraq War and in the Gulf Wars
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Word Origin and History for scud
v.

"to move quickly," 1530s, of uncertain origin, perhaps a variant of Middle English scut "rabbit, rabbit's tail," in reference to its movements (see scut (n.1)), but there are phonetic difficulties. Perhaps rather from a North Sea Germanic source akin to Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schudden "to shake" (see quash). Related: Scudded; scudding. As a noun from c.1600, from the verb. It also was the NATO reporting name for a type of Soviet missile introduced in the 1960s.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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