\ 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

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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 The system uses laser acquisition to target the suspect's fleeing or stationary car and then shoots one of the GPS cartridges like a spud out of a potato gun at its rear end. Alyson Sheppard, Popular Mechanics, "Police Shoot Cars With GPS Tags to Reduce High-Speed Chases," 6 Nov. 2013 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

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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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