\ 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



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 The six-ton mock-up of a mega-spud was built by the Idaho Potato Commission. oregonlive, "Idaho turns potato into $200 per night AirBnb: report," 24 Apr. 2019 Conrad’s signature spud — baked, sliced into six rounds, fried, rearranged on a plate and loaded with bacon, cheese and scallions — sounds better. Tom Sietsema, Washington Post, "A Charleston restaurant group plants a steak in Old Town," 9 Aug. 2019 Though still typically native species, the bland spuds lack the nutritional value of the more colorful potatoes that have been favored here for centuries. National Geographic, "Here’s why every foodie you know is heading to Peru," 19 July 2019 And while a detour around the starchy chaos was probably the best solution for most commuters, there's always the option to make use of the jam to just grab a spud and trying to make some engine-block hash browns. Eric Limer, Popular Mechanics, "25-Ton Spud Spill Closes North Carolina Highway," 6 May 2016 The eatery serves them up full of the flavor of beef tallow, right down to the meaty flecks stuck to the spuds. Jay Jones, Los Angeles Times, "Beef fat is oh so bad for you. But it tastes oh so good at this Vegas fries spot," 29 July 2019 Peruvian farmers have taken to planting white spuds instead of the heirloom potatoes in a rainbow of colors that their ancestors cultivated. National Geographic, "Here’s why every foodie you know is heading to Peru," 19 July 2019 Might as well throw in a baked potato for top honors at B&B, an Idaho spud the size of a Nerf football, stuffed with fatty chopped beef in a tangy, peppery barbecue sauce loaded with cheese, bacon and sour cream for a starch-and-protein Hail Mary. Mike Sutter, ExpressNews.com, "Review: B&B Smokehouse sets a solid barbecue table on San Antonio’s South Side," 13 June 2019 Potatoes are glorious, universally loved little spuds of happiness. Emily Spicer, ExpressNews.com, "2 simple, elegant ways to elevate your potato salad," 11 June 2019

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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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The first known use of spud was in 1652

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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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