- 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
- to cleanse (a trimmed and roughly depilated skin or hide) of remaining hairs or dirt.
- the hairs or dirt removed by scudding.
Origin of scud2
Examples from the Web for scudding
Fig. 150 shows the position of the booms when scudding with a schooner and yawl.
The yachtsman, however, should not slacken them as for scudding.
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.The Works of Guy de Maupassant, Volume VIII.
Guy de Maupassant
Over us, the lowering, leaden clouds were scudding, riding the wind.Wandl the Invader
Raymond King Cummings
- (intr) (esp of clouds) to move along swiftly and smoothly
- (intr) nautical to run before a gale
- (tr) Scot to hit; slap
- the act of scudding
- a formation of low fractostratus clouds driven by a strong wind beneath rain-bearing clouds
- a sudden shower or gust of wind
- Scot a slap
- 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
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.