the portion of food that a ruminant returns from the first stomach to the mouth to chew a second time.
Dialect. quid1.



    chew one's/the cud, Informal. to meditate or ponder; ruminate.

Origin of cud

before 1000; Middle English; Old English cudu, variant of cwiodu, cwidu; akin to Old High German quiti glue, Sanskrit jatu resin, gum. See quid1 Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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Historical Examples of cud

  • There was, however, usually something else to be done, for there was always their cud to chew.

    Among the Farmyard People

    Clara Dillingham Pierson

  • And he wad aye mak an honest baubee whan he cud; for siller was fell scarce at that time o' day amo' the Falconers.

    Robert Falconer

    George MacDonald

  • P'raps de great sorrer war so big in har heart, dat she cudn't fine rest nowhar but in de cole, dark riber.

    Among the Pines

    James R. Gilmore

  • By the Mosaic law, the Camel was a forbidden animal, because it did not divide the hoof, although it chewed the cud.

    Bible Animals;

    J. G. Wood

  • I'd tuk one ob de guns—you warn't in de hous, massa, so I cudn't ax you.'

British Dictionary definitions for cud



partially digested food regurgitated from the first stomach of cattle and other ruminants to the mouth for a second chewing
chew the cud to reflect or think over something

Word Origin for cud

Old English cudu, from cwidu what has been chewed; related to Old Norse kvātha resin (for chewing), Old High German quiti glue, Sanskrit jatu rubber
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Word Origin and History for cud

Old English cudu "cud," earlier cwudu, common Germanic (cf. Old Norse kvaða "resin," Old High German quiti "glue," German Kitt "putty"); perhaps from PIE root *gwet- "resin, gum."

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

Science definitions for cud



Food that has been partly digested and brought up from the first stomach to the mouth again for further chewing by ruminants, such as cattle and sheep.
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