- 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.
- to remove with a spud.
- spud in, to set up earth-boring equipment, especially for drilling an oil well.
Origin of spud
Examples from the Web for spudding
Historical Examples of spudding
Hugh used to trot about with him, spudding up weeds from the lawn.Hugh
Arthur Christopher Benson
- 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
- (tr) to remove (bark) or eradicate (weeds) with a spud
- (intr) to drill the first foot of an oil-well
Word Origin 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.
- A blunt triangular knife used for removing foreign bodies from the cornea.