crud

noun
\ˈkrəd \

Definition of crud 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1a : a deposit or incrustation of filth, grease, or refuse

b : something disgusting : rubbish

c slang : a contemptible person

2 : a usually ill-defined or imperfectly identified bodily disorder

3 dialect : curd

crud

verb
crudded; crudding

Definition of crud (Entry 2 of 2)

dialect

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Other Words from crud

Noun

cruddy \ˈkrə-dē \ adjective

Synonyms for crud

Synonyms: Noun

dirt, filth, grime, gunk, muck, smut, soil

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Examples of crud in a Sentence

Noun

I spent an hour scrubbing the crud off the old stove. He complains that there's too much crud on TV these days.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

In other words, just like an iceberg, most of the suspected saucer's bulk is invisible — hidden by a sea of loose crud. NBC News, "Here's the scientific explanation for that 'alien spaceship' on Mars," 23 June 2018 The caked-on crud will come up with a simple swipe of a sponge. NBC News, "How to spring clean like a pro," 10 Aug. 2017 The winter sun is still low, and the shards of light come in sideways on the starboard side, showing every speck of dust and the crud coating the patio windows. Chris Erskine, latimes.com, "I'm basking in the sideways winter light, but with an eye toward spring," 2 Mar. 2018 While flooding stirs up silt and mud, Cincinnati's treatment plant adds a chemical called alum that makes the crud stick together and sink. Carrie Blackmore Smith, Cincinnati.com, "Ohio River flood: What does it mean to your drinking water?," 27 Feb. 2018 Even Willie Nelson isn't immune from the crazy crud that is currently ailing a great deal of his fellow Texans. Craig Hlavaty, Houston Chronicle, "Willie Nelson recovering at home after dealing with flu and cold symptoms onstage in California," 10 Jan. 2018 Start out by removing all the dirt, mud, salt, and crud from your shoes. Hans Aschim, Esquire, "How to Shine Your Shoes in 4 Easy Steps," 14 Sep. 2015 The cleaner, which is a shotgun shell loaded with fiber, felt and a composite squeegee, is fired like any shell, but rather than leaving behind the usual detritus, it's designed to push the crud out the barrel, leaving the bore clean. Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Waterfowling great thanks to the big chill," 9 Dec. 2017 Does it make a really significant difference in the amount of corrosive crud left in the bore? Frank Sargeant, AL.com, "Waterfowling great thanks to the big chill," 9 Dec. 2017

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb

Just apply gentle pressure, rinsing the scraper or toothbrush off after each pass to avoid re-depositing all that crud back on your tongue. Lindsey Lanquist, SELF, "Your Tongue Is Probably Filthy, Here’s How to Clean It," 18 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of crud

Noun

14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3

Verb

14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crud

Noun

Middle English curd, crudd

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crud

noun

English Language Learners Definition of crud

: a dirty or greasy substance

: something unpleasant or worthless

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