Definitions

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

  • intransitive v. To run or skim along swiftly and easily: dark clouds scudding by.
  • intransitive 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.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License

  • adj. Naked.
  • v. To race along swiftly (especially used of clouds).
  • v. To run before a high wind with no sails set.
  • v. To hit.
  • v. To speed.
  • v. 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. Pornography.
  • n. Irn-Bru.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English

  • intransitive v. To move swiftly; especially, to move as if driven forward by something.
  • intransitive v. To be driven swiftly, or to run, before a gale, with little or no sail spread.
  • transitive v. 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. A slight, sudden shower.
  • n. A small flight of larks, or other birds, less than a flock.
  • n. Any swimming amphipod crustacean.

from The 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.

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

  • v. run before a gale
  • v. run or move very quickly or hastily
  • n. the act of moving along swiftly (as before a gale)

Etymologies

Possibly from Middle English scut, rabbit, rabbit's tail; see scut1.
(American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, Fourth Edition)
Perhaps from Old Norse skjóta ("to throw, to shoot"). (Wiktionary)

Examples

Comments

Log in or sign up to get involved in the conversation. It's quick and easy.

  • "Scudding drifts" used as a kenning for "waves"

    - Alfred Tennyson, Ulysses

    June 5, 2013

  • ...the driving scud, rack, and mist, grew darker with the shadows of night...

    - Melville, Moby-Dick, ch. 48

    July 25, 2008

  • Scots - naked, nude.

    "Ooooh, yir nae allowed tae be in the scud here."
    - Oh, you are not allowed to be in the nude here.

    December 8, 2007