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noun Slang.
  1. Quaalude.
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Origin of lude

First recorded in 1975–80; by shortening
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Historical Examples of lude

  • Every now and again he scanned what could be seen of the winding road about the hill of Lude.

    Star of Mercia

    Blanche Devereux

  • Lood, loodh, lude; ashamed: 'he was lude of himself when he was found out.'

  • There is one that reminded me of the old English song—‘Sumer is i-kumen in—lude sing kuku.’

    The Spell of Switzerland

    Nathan Haskell Dole

  • FitzOsbern had half-turned in his saddle and was surveying the rugged hill of Lude upon the other side of the ford.

    Star of Mercia

    Blanche Devereux

  • The Comte du Lude then came forward with his customary 'sang-froid', and begged the exorcists to perform before him.

    Cinq Mars, Complete

    Alfred de Vigny

Word Origin and History for lude


slang shortening of quaalude, by 1973.

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Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper

lude in Medicine


  1. A pill or tablet that contains the drug methaqualone.
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