Main definitions of scud in English

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scud1

verb

  • 1[no object, with adverbial of direction] Move fast in a straight line because or as if driven by the wind:

    ‘we lie watching the clouds scudding across the sky’
    ‘three small ships were scudding before a brisk breeze’
    • ‘The clouds were scudding along the tops of the peaks, and the sky was bruised a deep purple.’
    • ‘The moon was almost full, with wisps of cloud scudding across its face, so there was enough light for me to see where I was going.’
    • ‘Cold alpine gusts sweep the skyscape, sending the scudding clouds adrift.’
    • ‘Lately he had become an indolent sea-bather idly scudding in the tepid shallows.’
    • ‘Beneath the skylarks and the scudding clouds, no more than a conversation between people and chalk grass, this was a war memorial I could understand.’
    • ‘She looked upward, and witnessed several small clouds scudding across the sky, as if bent on a happy errand as she was herself.’
    • ‘Sunlight broke through the clouds, islands of light scudding across the countryside.’
    • ‘Thursday brightened into an overcast, showery day with belts of dark and paler grey cloud scudding across the sky.’
    • ‘Her opponent would send the ball scudding across the net.’
    • ‘On the back of her chestnut pony she ranged alone over the hills around Nomentum, with hares scudding away from her through the rough grass, and hawks sailing high over her head.’
    • ‘Just the sort of food to help us enjoy the scudding clouds, bracing winds and refreshing rain.’
    • ‘What remains as a memory, though the colour has bled away, is the fast scudding of clouds, and the rush of sound over my head, the wind in the trees: as if the waters of life have begun to flow.’
    • ‘The enormous, cold blue sky is filled with scudding clouds.’
    • ‘The moon must have been up for there was a dim glimmer among the clouds scudding to the east.’
    • ‘As we battled against the wind, the scudding clouds suddenly parted to reveal a dazzling sunlit glimpse of the cone, unbelievably close, in staggering golden 3D.’
    • ‘Clouds scudding across a starry sky are reflected in a weed-choked river.’
    • ‘A small ray scuds across it like a bird in slow flight.’
    • ‘In traditional monopolies, prices are pushed up, and quality/innovation comes scudding down.’
    • ‘A squadron of pelicans scuds toward the distant white lighthouse.’
    • ‘With the full moon scudding between the clouds, it felt like the inside of a music box.’
    • ‘And the steel giants keep scudding along their way to find their death in the continuing conflict with each other.’
    speed, race, sail, streak, shoot, sweep, skim, whip, whizz, whoosh, buzz, zoom, flash, blast, career
    hare, fly, wing, kite, skite, scurry, flit, scutter, hurry, hasten, rush
    belt, scoot, scorch, tear, zap, zip
    bomb, bucket, shift
    boogie, hightail, clip
    drag ass, haul ass, tear ass
    cut along
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  • 2Scottish [with object] Slap, beat, or spank:

    ‘she scudded me across the head’

noun

  • 1literary A mass of vapoury clouds or spray driven fast by the wind:

    ‘the water is glassy under a scud of mist’
    [mass noun] ‘the picturesque shoreline disappeared into low-cloud scud and rain’
    1. 1.1 A driving shower of rain or snow; a gust:
      ‘scuds of rain gave way to sun’
      • ‘It was still memorable to see the shifting shadows and scuds of rain across the lake and the green volcanic hills - and it all lit up with sunshine and breathtaking scenery on the final day.’
    2. 1.2[mass noun] The action of moving fast in a straight line when driven by the wind:
      ‘the scud of the clouds before the wind’
  • 2A type of long-range surface-to-surface guided missile able to be fired from a mobile launcher.

    • ‘Let's all admit it right up front: We'd like to see that guy launched through the bar's window like a human Scud missile.’
    • ‘Because the Scud missile tended to breakup during the final phase of its trajectory (re-entry into the atmosphere), multiple targets would appear on the radar screen.’
    • ‘During the same period, Russian specialists announced the sale of an advanced Scud missile with an optical guidance capability that would achieve greater accuracy during its terminal stage of flight.’
    • ‘Military personnel may have had contact with hydrazines and nitric acid when they disarmed or disposed of Scud missiles or were downwind of a missile explosion.’
    • ‘I just don't think people are going to, you know, get in the mine shaft and fall between the slats and say here's a Scud missile and here's the weapon of mass destruction.’

Origin

Mid 16th century (as a verb): perhaps an alteration of the noun scut, thus reflecting the sense ‘race like a hare’.

Pronunciation:

scud

/skʌd/

Main definitions of scud in English

: scud1scud2

scud2

noun

in phrase in the scud" or "scuddy
Scottish
  • (of a person) naked.

    • ‘Mary and her husband Dave first sampled the joys of disporting themselves in the scud on the beaches of Ibiza and decided to attempt to replicate the liberating experience in Scotland.’

Origin

Early 19th century: of uncertain origin.

Pronunciation:

scud

/skʌd/