American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition
- v. To run or skim along swiftly and easily: dark clouds scudding by.
- v. Nautical To run before a gale with little or no sail set.
- n. The act of scudding.
- n. Wind-driven clouds, mist, or rain.
- n. A gust of wind.
- n. Ragged low clouds, moving rapidly beneath another cloud layer.
Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- To run swiftly; shoot or fly along with haste.
- Nautical, to run before a gale with little or no sail set.
- To throw thin flat stones so that they skip over the surface of water.
- In tanning, to remove remaining hairs, dirt, etc., from (skins or hides) with a hand-knife after depilation.
- To pass over quickly.
- To beat or chastise, especially on the bare buttocks; skelp; spank.
- n. The act of scudding; a driving along; a running or rushing with speed or precipitation.
- n. Small detached clouds driven rapidly along under a mass of storm-cloud: a common accompaniment of rain.
- n. A slight flying shower.
- n. A small number of larks, less than a flock.
- n. A swift runner; a scudder.
- n. A smart stroke with the open hand; a skelp; a slap: as, to give one a scud on the face.
- n. A beach-flea or sand-flea: some small crustacean, as an isopod or amphipod.
- n. One of the largest scuds is Gammarus ornatus of the New England coast.
- n. Dirt, lime, and fat left in the grain of a skin after it comes from the puer.
- adj. slang, Scotland Naked.
- v. intransitive To race along swiftly (especially used of clouds).
- v. intransitive, nautical To run before a high wind with no sails set.
- v. Northumbrian To hit.
- v. Northumbrian To speed.
- v. Northumbrian To skim.
- n. The act of scudding.
- n. Clouds or rain driven by the wind.
- n. A gust of wind.
- n. A scab on a wound.
- n. slang, Scotland Pornography.
- n. slang, Scotland Irn-Bru.
GNU Webster's 1913
- v. To move swiftly; especially, to move as if driven forward by something.
- v. (Naut.) To be driven swiftly, or to run, before a gale, with little or no sail spread.
- v. rare To pass over quickly.
- n. The act of scudding; a driving along; a rushing with precipitation.
- n. Loose, vapory clouds driven swiftly by the wind.
- n. Prov. Eng. A slight, sudden shower.
- n. (Zoöl.), Prov. Eng. A small flight of larks, or other birds, less than a flock.
- n. (Zoöl.) Any swimming amphipod crustacean.
- v. run before a gale
- v. run or move very quickly or hastily
- n. the act of moving along swiftly (as before a gale)
- Perhaps from Old Norse skjóta ("to throw, to shoot"). (Wiktionary)
- Possibly from Middle English scut, rabbit, rabbit's tail; see scut1. (American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
“A diet rich in scud, crayfish & aquatic insects will turn a white-meat hatchery fish into a pink-meat table fish in about 6 months.”
“JERAS: Well, it's a little low hanging that you see there that is kind of what we just call scud clouds and it just has to do more with the moisture and none of that low hanging that you're seeing could be developing into a tornado.”
“Troops from the 101st Airborne woken up this morning by the so-called scud alarm, donning their masks.”
“But then they had the soft part of the war, where they went in and tried to take away what they considered to be Saddam Hussein's weapons, to go after the so-called scud (UNINTELLIGIBLE) in western Iraq so that they couldn't terrorize the Israelis and bring other nations into this war.”
“The Daiichi 1120 is a style of hook most commonly referred to as a scud/shrimp/caddis pupa hook and, frankly, since it is hard to make a bad hook of this type, I decided to utilize this model for my first timorous use in this brand.”
“One of the other news outlets referred to the Taepodong I missiles as "scud" type missiles.”
“How dare you refer to the Lord of the Air as 'scud'!" the dream centaur translated.”
“A "scud" is made by Nabokov to refer to "an unaccented stress" — that is, what we call a secondary accent.”
“Over head nothing was to be seen but huge travelling clouds, called by sailors the "scud," which hurried onwards with the fleetness of the eagle in her flight.”
“It was Forwood, the whipper-in, a terrible "scud" across country, and he was only fifty yards or so ahead of three others, also celebrated for their pace.”
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