\ˈspəd \
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



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: Noun

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 Kim, meanwhile, appears to have had a great time inspecting spuds. Adam K. Raymond, Daily Intelligencer, "Kim Jong-un Blew Off Mike Pompeo to Visit a Potato Farm," 11 July 2018 Instead of an army of potato peelers, for example, a nifty machine rinses and skins the spuds. Arthur Levine, USA TODAY, "Knott's Berry Farm: Mrs. Knott’s Chicken Dinner Restaurant stays true to its past," 6 June 2018 The new spud is called the ‘‘Pinto Gold’’ and the university’s potato breeding program leader describes it as a high-yielding, yellow-fleshed specialty variety. BostonGlobe.com, "New England news in brief," 29 May 2018

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First Known Use of spud


1652, in the meaning defined at transitive sense 1


1667, in the meaning defined at sense 1

History and Etymology for spud


Middle English spudde dagger

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spud casing


spudding bar

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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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a knickknack or trinket

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