[ spuhd ]
/ spʌd /
Informal. a potato.
a spadelike instrument, especially one with a narrow blade, as for digging up or cutting the roots of weeds.
a chisellike tool for removing bark.
a pointed leg or stake for staying or supporting dredging or earth-boring machinery.
a short pipe, as for connecting a water pipe with a meter.
Surgery. an instrument having a dull flattened blade for removing substances or foreign bodies from certain parts of the body, as wax from the ear.
verb (used with object), spud·ded, spud·ding.
to remove with a spud.
spud in, to set up earth-boring equipment, especially for drilling an oil well.
Words nearby spud
Origin of spud
1400–50; late Middle English spudde short knife < ?
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Hugh used to trot about with him, spudding up weeds from the lawn.Hugh|Arthur Christopher Benson
British Dictionary definitions for spudding
/ (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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Medical definitions for spudding
[ spŭd ]
A blunt triangular knife used for removing foreign bodies from the cornea.
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