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


Alternative forms[edit]

  • skud (dialectal sense only)


scud (comparative more scud, superlative most scud)

  1. (slang, Scotland) Naked.


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).
    • I. Taylor
      the first Nautilus that scudded upon the glassy surface of warm primæval oceans
    • Beaconsfield
      The wind was high; the vast white clouds scudded over the blue heaven.
    • 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.
  4. (Northumbria) To speed.
  5. (Northumbria) To skim.



  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, ISBN 1904794165
  • scud”, in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–..


scud (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. A gust of wind.
  4. (Bristol) A scab on a wound.
  5. A small flight of larks, or other birds, less than a flock.
  6. Any swimming amphipod.
  7. (slang, Scotland) Pornography.
  8. (slang, Scotland) Irn-Bru.
    a bottle of Scud