scud

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English[edit]

Alternative forms[edit]

  • skud (dialectal sense only)

Etymology[edit]

Perhaps from Old Norse skjóta (to throw, to shoot).

Pronunciation[edit]

  • IPA(key): /skʌd/
  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌd

Adjective[edit]

scud (comparative more scud, superlative most scud)

  1. (slang, Scotland) Naked.

Verb[edit]

scud (third-person singular simple present scuds, present participle scudding, simple past and past participle scudded)

  1. (intransitive) To race along swiftly (especially used of clouds).
    • 1799, William Wordsworth,The Two-Part Prelude, Book I:
      When scudding on from snare to snare I plied
      My anxious visitation, hurrying on,
      Still hurrying hurrying onward ...
    • 1807 Walter Scott, The Minstrelsy of the Scottish Border, Vol. 4, "Cadyow Castle":
      From the thick copse the roebucks bound,
      The startled red-deer scuds the plain []
    • 1844, Benjamin Disraeli, Coningsby, or the New Generation, Chapter XVI:
      The wind was high; the vast white clouds scudded over the blue heaven []
    • 1887, H. Rider Haggard, She: A History of Adventure[1]:
      I saw a rhinoceros, buffalo (a large herd), eland, quagga, and sable antelope, the most beautiful of all the bucks, not to mention many smaller varieties of game, and three ostriches which scudded away at our approach like white drift before a gale.
    • 1920, Peter B. Kyne, The Understanding Heart, Chapter II:
      During the preceding afternoon a heavy North Pacific fog had blown in [] Scudding eastward from the ocean, it had crept up and over the redwood-studded crests of the Coast Range mountains, []
  2. (transitive, intransitive, nautical) To run, or be driven, before a high wind with no sails set.
  3. (Northumbria) To hit or slap.
  4. (Northumbria) To speed.
  5. (Northumbria) To skim flat stones so they skip along the water.

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Noun[edit]

scud (countable and uncountable, plural scuds)

  1. The act of scudding.
  2. Clouds or rain driven by the wind.
    • 1851, Herman Melville, Moby-Dick:
      But high above the flying scud and dark-rolling clouds, there floated a little isle of sunlight, from which beamed forth an angel's face []
  3. (uncountable) A loose formation of small ragged cloud fragments (or fog) not attached to a larger higher cloud layer.
    • 2004, US National Weather Service Glossary:
      Small, ragged, low cloud fragments that are unattached to a larger cloud base and often seen with and behind cold fronts and thunderstorm gust fronts. Such clouds generally are associated with cool moist air, such as thunderstorm outflow.
  4. A gust of wind.
  5. (Bristol) A scab on a wound.
  6. A small flight of larks, or other birds, less than a flock.
  7. Any swimming amphipod.
  8. A swift runner.
  9. A form of garden hoe.
  10. A slap; a sharp stroke.
  11. (slang, uncountable, Scotland) Pornography.
  12. (slang, uncountable, Scotland) The drink Irn-Bru.
    a bottle of scud

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