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

Examples of spud in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web: Verb When the ice is thicker than four to five inches, nobody wants to keep spudding or drilling new holes every time the fish move on. The Editors, Field & Stream, 22 Nov. 2019 The old days of spudding a hole in a foot of ice and huddling and freezing over it for hours on an upturned five-gallon pail are just that—the old days. The Editors, Field & Stream, 22 Nov. 2019 Recent Examples on the Web: Noun Still, the Craig-Brown family is proud of their spud. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Nov. 2021 Georgia grows five varieties of the spud including the Beauregard, the Evangeline and the most popular one, the Covington. Kiersten Willis, ajc, 9 Nov. 2020 So the couple made the difficult choice of wrapping Dough in plastic resigning the spud to their freezer. Corryn Wetzel, Smithsonian Magazine, 9 Nov. 2021 University of Utah scientists and Indigenous food activists say the spud can stay dormant for years under dry conditions, still offering nutritional benefits like iron and zinc to humans. The Salt Lake Tribune, 28 Sep. 2021 The SPAM Museum in Austin, Minnesota should bring back memories for some people of that wartime source of sustenance while the Idaho Potato Museum in Blackfoot, Idaho may explain America’s love for the spud. Dorothy Dworkin, sun-sentinel.com, 22 July 2021 Hasbro, which also makes Monopoly and My Little Pony, bought the brand and eventually added a plastic spud. Joseph Pisani, Chron, 25 Feb. 2021 Hasbro, which also makes Monopoly and My Little Pony, bought the brand and eventually added a plastic spud. Joseph Pisani, ajc, 25 Feb. 2021 Hasbro, which also makes Monopoly and My Little Pony, bought the brand and eventually added a plastic spud. Joseph Pisani, Star Tribune, 25 Feb. 2021

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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.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/spud. Accessed 16 Jan. 2022.

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spud

noun

English Language Learners Definition of spud

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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