- a deposit or coating of refuse or of an impure or alien substance; muck.
- a filthy, repulsive, or contemptible person.
- something that is worthless, objectionable, or contemptible.
- prevarication, exaggeration, or flattery.
- a nonspecific, imaginary, or vaguely defined disease or disorder of the body: jungle crud.
- any unpleasant external ailment, disorder, or the like, as a skin rash.
- venereal disease, especially syphilis.
- Vulgar.dried semen.
- Dialect. curd.
- Dialect. clabber.
- Dialect. to curd.
Origin of crud
Regional variation note
Examples from the Web for crud
Contemporary Examples of crud
As if to underscore the point, he is just back from Iraq and was coughing from what he called “Baghdad crud.”Scott Pelley Is the Anti-Katie Couric
May 3, 2011
Certainly all that crust and crud on his painting was exciting.My Conversation with John Updike
Barbara Probst Solomon
January 29, 2009
Historical Examples of crud
Crude′ness; Crud′ity, rawness: unripeness: that which is crude.
Figure 122 of Klein's seventh plate was correctly quoted as illustrative: "crud" preceded "niger."
- a sticky substance, esp when dirty and encrusted
- an undesirable residue from a process, esp one inside a nuclear reactor
- something or someone that is worthless, disgusting, or contemptible
- the crud a disease; rot
- an expression of disgust, disappointment, etc
Word Origin for crud
"nonsense, rubbish," 1940, U.S. slang; originally 1920s army and college student slang for "venereal disease." Said to be a metathesis variant of curd, which actually makes it an unconscious return to the original Middle English form of that word (see curd). As G.I. name for "disease of any and every sort" it is attested from 1945.