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


[skuhd] /skʌd/
verb (used with object), scudded, scudding.
to cleanse (a trimmed and roughly depilated skin or hide) of remaining hairs or dirt.
the hairs or dirt removed by scudding.
First recorded in 1635-45; perhaps to be identified with obsolete scud dirt < ? Unabridged
Based on the Random House Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2017.
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Examples from the Web for scudding
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  • Janet leaned back in her chair and gazed 119at the scudding white clouds far overhead.

    Janet Hardy in Radio City Ruthe S. Wheeler
  • A boat shaped like a long leaf was scudding before the wind.

    Fil and Filippa John Stuart Thomson
  • I declare, if she hasn't redeveloped her propensity for scudding, Blanchie!

    Morag Janet Milne Rae
  • A sea fog was scudding overhead, and by degrees descending lower.

    The Octopus Frank Norris
  • In the dark branches of the trees the wind whistled mournfully, and the scudding clouds were precursory of rain.

    The Doctor of Pimlico William Le Queux
  • Fig. 150 shows the position of the booms when scudding with a schooner and yawl.

    Boys' Book of Model Boats Raymond Francis Yates
  • But Mary had vanished into the hall and with lowered head was scudding through the shrubbery to the barn.

    The Hills of Refuge Will N. Harben
  • Most of them were motionless; some, however, seemed to be scudding onward.

  • Presently the moon came out, sailing high among the scudding clouds, flashing bright in the clear intervals.

    A Village of Vagabonds F. Berkeley Smith
  • It did not appear to blow so hard when they were scudding along with the wind.

British Dictionary definitions for scudding


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


(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



"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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