- 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
or Scud missile
- a surface-to-surface missile, especially one deployed on a mobile launcher.
Origin of Scud
Examples from the Web for scud
If they were, then we could all run out and purchase a tank, a grenade launcher, a bazooka, a SCUD missile and a nuclear warhead.Zimmerman Verdict: Actor Jason Alexander Says We Should Blame the Gun
July 15, 2013
And who was now running the Scud missiles and bombers that would be deployed to use these chemical weapons?Can Social Media Disarm Syria’s Chemical Arsenal?
February 8, 2013
“You aim a Scud at a city and hope it lands somewhere important,” said one retired U.S. intelligence officer.The Syria-North Korea Scud Missile Link
December 14, 2012
Syria paired the nerve agent with Scud missiles acquired from the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s.What Comes After Assad in Syria?
July 20, 2012
Syria mated the nerve agent with Scud missiles acquired from the Soviet Union in the mid-1980s.Assad’s Lethal Arsenal of WMD
August 26, 2011
I never seed a scud on the 'Banks' but 'ut it was allus follered by a fog.Left on Labrador
Charles Asbury Stephens
A Manx or Gaelic term for the scud or small clouds that drive with the wind.The Sailor's Word-Book
William Henry Smyth
After laying to for three hours they were compelled to scud before the wind.Notable Voyagers
W.H.G. Kingston and Henry Frith
The scud is flying all over us now that we are running before the wind.The Ghost Ship
John C. Hutcheson
I should be blinded if I did, or blistered by the “scud” of the angular atoms.The Rifle Rangers
Captain Mayne Reid
- (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 scud
"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.