verb (used without object), scud·ded, scud·ding.
Origin of scud1
verb (used with object), scud·ded, scud·ding.
Origin of scud2
Examples from the Web for scudding
The rooks swayed in the elm tops, or flew up under the scudding clouds of a treacherous sky.In the Wilderness|Robert Hichens
Before the latter could get on his feet again the cowpuncher was scudding through the night.Brand Blotters|William MacLeod Raine
"I discovered aloft what appeared to be a vessel to windward, scudding under bare poles," repeated Mark.Captain Kyd, Vol. II|Joseph Holt Ingraham
On the way home he met Jerome, scudding along in the early dusk, having finished his task early.Jerome, A Poor Man|Mary E. Wilkins Freeman
In spite of our masts being bare of sail we were now scudding along to the southward at a great pace.The Voyages of Doctor Dolittle|Hugh Lofting
verb scuds, scudding or scudded
- a formation of low fractostratus clouds driven by a strong wind beneath rain-bearing clouds
- a sudden shower or gust of wind
Word Origin 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.