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.


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.


Nearby words

  1. scs,
  2. scsi,
  3. scuba,
  4. scuba diving,
  5. scuba-dive,
  6. scudo,
  7. scudéry,
  8. scuff,
  9. scuffle,
  10. scuffling

Origin of scud

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



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

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


the hairs or dirt removed by scudding.

Origin of scud

First recorded in 1635–45; perhaps to be identified with obsolete scud dirt < ? Unabridged Based on the Random House Unabridged Dictionary, © Random House, Inc. 2019

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British Dictionary definitions for scudding


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


the act of scudding
  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



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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Word Origin and History for scudding



"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.

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