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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 < ?
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Examples from the Web for scudding
Historical Examples
  • Fig. 150 shows the position of the booms when scudding with a schooner and yawl.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • The yachtsman, however, should not slacken them as for scudding.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • Neither when lying to nor scudding has she ever shipped a green sea.

    The Last Voyage Lady (Annie Allnutt) Brassey
  • Most of them were motionless; some, however, seemed to be scudding onward.

  • Over us, the lowering, leaden clouds were scudding, riding the wind.

    Wandl the Invader Raymond King Cummings
  • A boat shaped like a long leaf was scudding before the wind.

    Fil and Filippa John Stuart Thomson
  • Somewhere, in that night of stars and scudding clouds, was God, she thought.

    The Fighting Edge William MacLeod Raine
  • A sea fog was scudding overhead, and by degrees descending lower.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • I declare, if she hasn't redeveloped her propensity for scudding, Blanchie!

    Morag

    Janet Milne Rae
  • On the lawn some twenty yards off a thrush was scudding about the grass.

    The Angel of Pain E. F. Benson
British Dictionary definitions for scudding

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 scudding

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.

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