scud

1
[ skuhd ]
/ skʌd /

verb (used without object), scud·ded, scud·ding.

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.

noun

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 scud

1
First recorded in 1525–35, scud is from the Middle Low German word schudden to shake

Definition for scud (2 of 3)

scud

2
[ skuhd ]
/ skʌd /

verb (used with object), scud·ded, scud·ding.

to cleanse (a trimmed and roughly depilated skin or hide) of remaining hairs or dirt.

noun

the hairs or dirt removed by scudding.

Origin of scud

2
First recorded in 1635–45; perhaps to be identified with obsolete scud dirt < ?

Definition for scud (3 of 3)

Scud

or Scud missile

[ skuhd ]
/ skʌd /

noun

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”
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British Dictionary definitions for scud (1 of 2)

scud

/ (skʌd) /

verb scuds, scudding or scudded

(intr) (esp of clouds) to move along swiftly and smoothly
(intr) nautical to run before a gale
(tr) Scot to hit; slap

noun

the act of scudding
meteorol
  1. a formation of low fractostratus clouds driven by a strong wind beneath rain-bearing clouds
  2. a sudden shower or gust of wind
Scot a slap

Word Origin for scud

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

British Dictionary definitions for scud (2 of 2)

Scud

/ (skʌd) /

noun

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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