Definitions

from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

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

from The Century Dictionary.

  • An obsolete or dialectal form of curd.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun obsolete See curd.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

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

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

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

Etymologies

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

[Middle English crudde, possibly from Old English *cruden, past participle of crūdan, to press, drive.]

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Said to be a metathesis variant of Middle English curd, which would be an unconscious return to the original form.

Examples

  • Clearing crud is one of the hardest parts until we realize it drags down our energy and makes us feel bad about ourselves.

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  • Sorry to hear the crud is getting the better of you.

    Creeping Crud

  • I hope most of this crud is coming from Republican trolls.

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  • But the lousy thing about this crud is that I kept having relapses.

    Through a Petrie Dish, Darkly

  • This just proves that, like it or not, the crud is where the vitality is.

    The Big Shill

  • This just proves that, like it or not, the crud is where the vitality is.

    The Big Shill

  • It doesn’t matter what anybody says, you know that this crud is worthless.

    Genius in a Bottle

  • It doesn’t matter what anybody says, you know that this crud is worthless.

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  • The quote has to be heroically stupid to warrant a click and your output so far has been banal, trite and dim, typical BT crud in other words.

    Dear "Iceman": Bitch and moan much?

  • If you were one of the 16,300 fans who drove through the late autumn mist to sit on those unforgiving wood bleachers on Saturday afternoon, you probably didn't know that the Jayhawks were under the weather, and you probably would have watched the first half and assumed "the crud" was the name of KU's new offense.

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  • Yeah, I think using a bit of imagination it could be an angry word, When I was younger it was occasionly used to describe a "dickhead".

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