[ skuhd ]
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verb (used without object),scud·ded, scud·ding.
  1. to run or move quickly or hurriedly.

  2. Nautical. to run before a gale with little or no sail set.

  1. Archery. (of an arrow) to fly too high and wide of the mark.

  1. the act of scudding.

  2. clouds, spray, or mist driven by the wind; a driving shower or gust of wind.

  1. low-drifting clouds appearing beneath a cloud from which precipitation is falling.

Origin of scud

First recorded in 1525–35; of obscure origin; possibly from Middle Low German or Middle Dutch schudden “to shake”

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Other definitions for scud (2 of 3)

[ skuhd ]

verb (used with object),scud·ded, scud·ding.
  1. to cleanse (a trimmed and roughly depilated skin or hide) of remaining hairs or dirt.

  1. the hairs or dirt removed by scudding.

Origin of scud

First recorded in 1780–90; of uncertain origin; perhaps from obsolete scud “dirt”

Other definitions for Scud (3 of 3)


or Scud missile

[ skuhd ]

  1. a surface-to-surface missile, especially one deployed on a mobile launcher.

Origin of Scud

The NATO name for a missile developed by the Soviets in the 1960s; probably from scud in the sense “to move quickly” Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2024

How to use scud in a sentence

  • I never seed a scud on the 'Banks' but 'ut it was allus follered by a fog.

    Left on Labrador | Charles Asbury Stephens
  • The small ragged clouds which are sometimes seen sailing rapidly through the air, are called scud.

    The Rain Cloud | Anonymous
  • He has discarded a heavy folio for a light romance, while the hours scud by, broken only by the observations.

    The Home of the Blizzard | Douglas Mawson
  • Captain Downs instinctively squinted aloft at the scud which was dimming the stars; he sniffed at the volleying wind.

    Blow The Man Down | Holman Day
  • The moon had gone in, and a misty scud-wrack spreading itself overhead was creeping around the dim crags on high.

    Aletta | Bertram Mitford

British Dictionary definitions for scud (1 of 2)


/ (skʌd) /

verbscuds, scudding or scudded
  1. (intr) (esp of clouds) to move along swiftly and smoothly

  2. (intr) nautical to run before a gale

  1. (tr) Scot to hit; slap

  1. the act of scudding

  2. meteorol

    • a formation of low fractostratus clouds driven by a strong wind beneath rain-bearing clouds

    • a sudden shower or gust of wind

  1. Scot a slap

Origin of scud

C16: probably of Scandinavian origin; related to Norwegian skudda to thrust, Swedish skudda to shake

British Dictionary definitions for Scud (2 of 2)


/ (skʌd) /

  1. 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

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