\ ˈkrəd How to pronounce crud (audio) \

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


crudded; crudding

Definition of crud (Entry 2 of 2)


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Other Words from crud


cruddy \ ˈkrə-​dē How to pronounce cruddy (audio) \ adjective

Synonyms for crud

Synonyms: Noun

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

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Examples of crud in a Sentence


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

The rubber is tough, and doesn’t hold on to any crud. James Lynch, Popular Mechanics, "This One Tool Will Save You from Chapped Lips This Winter," 14 Nov. 2018 In my testing, which largely involved pouring Cheetos dust all over my keyboard (purely by accident, of course), the new Pro did a pretty good job of keeping crud out. David Pierce, WSJ, "Apple Fixed the MacBook Keyboard, But It’s Only For Pros," 22 July 2018 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,, "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,, "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

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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


14th century, in the meaning defined at sense 3


14th century, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for crud


Middle English curd, crudd

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English Language Learners Definition of crud

: a dirty or greasy substance
chiefly US : something unpleasant or worthless

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