[ spuhd ]
/ spʌd /


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

to remove with a spud.

Verb Phrases

spud in, to set up earth-boring equipment, especially for drilling an oil well.


Nearby words

  1. spry,
  2. spryly,
  3. spt,
  4. spt.,
  5. spuc,
  6. spud island,
  7. spud-bashing,
  8. spudder,
  9. spuddle,
  10. spue

Origin of spud

1400–50; late Middle English spudde short knife < ?

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British Dictionary definitions for spud


/ (spʌd) /


an informal word for potato (def. 1)
a narrow-bladed spade for cutting roots, digging up weeds, etc
Also called: spudder a tool, resembling a chisel, for removing bark from trees

verb spuds, spudding or spudded

(tr) to remove (bark) or eradicate (weeds) with a spud
(intr) to drill the first foot of an oil-well

Word Origin for spud

C15 spudde short knife, of unknown origin; applied later to a digging tool, and hence to a potato

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Word Origin and History for spud



mid-15c., "small or poor knife," of uncertain origin probably related to Danish spyd, Old Norse spjot "spear," German Spiess "spear, lance"). Meaning "spade" is from 1660s; sense of "short or stumpy person or thing" is from 1680s; that of "potato" is first recorded 1845 in New Zealand English.

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Medicine definitions for spud


[ spŭd ]


A blunt triangular knife used for removing foreign bodies from the cornea.

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