spud

verb
\ ˈspəd How to pronounce spud (audio) \
spudded; spudding

Definition of spud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

transitive verb

1 : to dig with a spud
2 : to begin to drill (an oil well)

intransitive verb

: to use a spud

spud

noun

Definition of spud (Entry 2 of 2)

1 : a tool or device (as for digging, lifting, or cutting) having the characteristics of a spade and a chisel

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In fact, the first hundred Thanksgivings were spud-free, since potatoes weren’t grown in North America until 1719, when Scotch-Irish settlers began planting them in New Hampshire. Amanda Foreman, WSJ, "How Potatoes Conquered the World," 15 Nov. 2018 The gigantic spud weighed 81 pounds, 9 ounces, which was three times heavier than the second-place 24.9-pound sweet potato grown by Lebanese farmer Khalil Semhat (shown above) in 2008. Olivia Putnal, Woman's Day, "10 Larger-Than-Life Thanksgiving Staples," 16 Nov. 2010 As in the Russet Burbank, sourced especially from the spud-crazed state of Idaho. Charles Passy, WSJ, "Shedding Light on the Perfect Potato for Hanukkah Latkes," 2 Dec. 2018 In his third Slow Food Fast contribution, Mr. Gallina boils the baby spuds and tosses them with blanched green beans (also peaking now) in an herb vinaigrette made with basil and coarse-grain mustard. Kitty Greenwald, WSJ, "Potato Salad Plus Star Power," 2 Aug. 2018 Now that the potato has been officially introduced, is Porter bound for spud superstardom? Dugan Arnett, BostonGlobe.com, "In northern Maine, a new spud rises," 12 June 2018 One spud takes the place of the thimble and button that Barrie’s Peter and Wendy exchange as kisses; elsewhere potatoes get roasted by the pirates on Hook’s ship before the crew members meet their end by disappearing into one of the deck’s holds. Robert Greskovic, WSJ, "‘Peter Pan’ Review: A Modern Neverland," 11 July 2018 Tip: Avoid storing potatoes near onions, which also give off ethylene gas and will cause your spuds to sprout. Sunset, "How to Store Your Garden Harvest," 22 Jan. 2018 At the end of the season, dump the container and collect the spuds. Jeff Lowenfels, Anchorage Daily News, "Buckle up, Alaska gardeners: It’s go time.," 18 May 2018

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First Known Use of spud

Verb

1652, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1

Noun

1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spud

Noun

Middle English spudde dagger

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spud casing

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spudding bar

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spud

noun
\ ˈspəd How to pronounce spud (audio) \

Medical Definition of spud

: any of various small surgical instruments with a shape resembling that of a spade use of a spud to remove a foreign object from the eye

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