from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

  • n. Slang A coating or an incrustation of filth or refuse.
  • n. Slang Something loathsome, despicable, or worthless.
  • n. Slang One who is contemptible or disgusting.
  • n. A disease or ailment, imaginary or real, especially one affecting the skin.
  • n. Sports Heavy, sticky snow that is unsuitable for skiing.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • n. dirt, filth or refuse
  • n. Something of poor quality.
  • n. Mixed impurities, especially corrosion products in nuclear reactor fuel
  • n. A heavy wet snow on which it is difficult to ski
  • n. Crap, excrement.
  • n. A contemptible person.
  • n. venereal disease, or (later) any disease
  • n. A fast-paced game, loosely based on billiards or pool, with many players participating at the same time.
  • interj. Non-vulgar interjection expressing annoyance, anxiety, etc.; sugar, damn.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • n. See curd.

from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia

  • An obsolete or dialectal form of curd.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • n. heavy wet snow that is unsuitable for skiing
  • n. any substance considered disgustingly foul or unpleasant
  • n. an ill-defined bodily ailment


Middle English crudde, possibly from Old English *cruden, past participle of crūdan, to press, drive.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Said to be a metathesis variant of Middle English curd, which would be an unconscious return to the original form. (Wiktionary)


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