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Alternative forms[edit]

  • skud (dialectal sense only)


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


  • (file)
  • Rhymes: -ʌd


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).
    • 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 []
    • 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.



  • A Dictionary of North East Dialect, Bill Griffiths, 2005, Northumbria University Press, →ISBN
  • scud” in Douglas Harper, Online Etymology Dictionary, 2001–2020..


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