scud

verb
\ ˈskəd How to pronounce scud (audio) \
scudded; scudding

Definition of scud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

intransitive verb

1 : to move or run swiftly especially as if driven forward clouds scudding across the sky
2 : to run before a gale

scud

noun

Definition of scud (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : the action of scudding : rush
2a : loose vapory clouds driven swiftly by the wind
b(1) : a slight sudden shower
(2) : mist, rain, snow, or spray driven by the wind
c : a gust of wind

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Synonyms for scud

Synonyms: Noun

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Examples of scud in a Sentence

Verb Clouds scudded across the sky. Noun a cold scud sent leaves skittering down from the trees
Recent Examples on the Web: Verb The ship’s days could be relatively routine for long stretches, but extreme vigilance was required while watching the distant horizon where the sky met the sea under the low, gray, scudding clouds. James G. Stavridis, New York Times, "What Was Life Like for Sailors During the Battle of the Atlantic?," 14 Apr. 2020 The movement of cloud silhouettes scudding across the floor of a distant valley tracks the cumulus shapes racing across the dome of sky. Guy Trebay, Condé Nast Traveler, "In the Heart of Navajo Lands," 19 Oct. 2018 Just as the lights went down for the second performance, dark clouds scudded across the moon that shone on the theater. Terry Teachout, WSJ, "The Pleasures and Perils of Outdoor Performances," 27 July 2018 Galvis scudded his throw in front of first baseman Eric Hosmer, who could not catch it. Andy Mccullough, latimes.com, "Kenta Maeda fans nine to secure Dodgers' 4-2 win over Padres," 12 July 2018 The military crackdown has continued unabated since then, black smoke scudding across the skyline visible in southern Bangladesh even this past week. Annie Gowen, chicagotribune.com, "'Blood flowed in the streets': Refugees from one Rohingya village recount days of horror," 17 Sep. 2017 The military crackdown has continued unabated since then, black smoke scudding across the skyline visible in southern Bangladesh even this past week. Annie Gowen, chicagotribune.com, "'Blood flowed in the streets': Refugees from one Rohingya village recount days of horror," 17 Sep. 2017 The military crackdown has continued unabated since then, black smoke scudding across the skyline visible in southern Bangladesh even this past week. Annie Gowen, chicagotribune.com, "'Blood flowed in the streets': Refugees from one Rohingya village recount days of horror," 17 Sep. 2017 The military crackdown has continued unabated since then, black smoke scudding across the skyline visible in southern Bangladesh even this past week. Annie Gowen, chicagotribune.com, "'Blood flowed in the streets': Refugees from one Rohingya village recount days of horror," 17 Sep. 2017 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun The pilot with the plane low on gas followed me right through the hole over Shastina, ducked under the scud and landed two miles away, at Weed Airport. Tom Stienstra, San Francisco Chronicle, "Ten life-and-death moments in columnist Tom Stienstra’s 40 years in the outdoors," 30 June 2020 The riverbottom is home to huge numbers of scuds and larvae from midges, caddis, stones, and mayflies. John B. Snow, Outdoor Life, "The Godfather of Montana’s Bighorn River," 28 Apr. 2020 As water temperatures plunge and ice covers the surface, the bluegill buffet shifts to bloodworms, freshwater shrimp and scuds, and even tiny zooplankton. Outdoor Life, "5 Bluegill Facts That Will Help You Catch More Fish," 27 Jan. 2020 Before Madison Bumgarner’s legendary five-inning save in Game 7 of the 2014 World Series at Kansas City, Bochy called on Affeldt to get five crucial outs, knowing that a scud could cost the Giants a championship. Henry Schulman, SFChronicle.com, "Bruce Bochy’s success changed the Giants forever but didn’t change him," 29 Sep. 2019 The latter was identified by Corriere as a scud — a white miniature pond resident that resembled a shrimp. Sue Ellen Ross, Post-Tribune, "Discovering what lives beneath the surface," 13 July 2018 Near the dam, drifting brown and gray scuds has been productive as well as white jigs. Tyler Mahoney, kansascity, "Fishing report: Water temps creeping toward, into the lower 50s | The Kansas City Star," 21 Mar. 2018 Fly fishing has been good using scuds, egg flies and shad flies under an indicator. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: The angling is good, from reports across the region | The Kansas City Star," 23 May 2018 Decent numbers have been caught on gray scuds under a float, but stripping a sculpin pine squirrel in the Narrows area was the best. Tyler Mahoney Special To The Star, kansascity, "Fishing report: Uneven weather makes for mixed results on the water | The Kansas City Star," 28 Mar. 2018

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First Known Use of scud

Verb

1532, in the meaning defined at sense 1

Noun

1609, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for scud

Verb

perhaps from Middle Dutch schudden to shake

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16 May 2020

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“Scud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/scud. Accessed 5 Jul. 2020.

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scud

verb
How to pronounce scud (audio)

English Language Learners Definition of scud

literary : to move or go quickly

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