Definition of crud in US English:



  • 1A substance that is disgusting or unpleasant, typically because of its dirtiness.

    • ‘But there are lots of cars on the road that still use traditional coolant, and that should be drained and replaced every couple of years to remove any built-up crud.’
    • ‘Of course, his favorite place to sleep is in a nook and/or cranny under my bed (under my bed is used for storage, so a ton of crud under there - including spare blankets) so he's obviously not claustrophobic.’
    • ‘We'll just have to settle for whatever crud the cafeteria has to offer.’
    • ‘Its dry-film protectant repels dust, sand and other crud that sticks to ‘wet’ oils and silicones.’
    • ‘I envied how Jake and Noah looked rested while they sat at the breakfast table eating their cereal while I looked like crud.’
    • ‘They could also be used to keep a wide variety of surfaces (including places within human bodies) from accumulating an assortment of types of crud and undesirable material.’
    • ‘You really have to ask how a small fire in the engine causes it to be out for 4 months, except maybe past neglect that allowed so much crud to build up in the engines.’
    • ‘After he died, I found the gadgets in his truck with fresh batteries installed and plenty of crud on the earpieces to indicate they'd been worn as promised.’
    • ‘Jinx had learned to brush dirt and crud off the logs before bringing them in.’
    • ‘As a good chemist should, he took up his compound in some solvent and filtered it, so as not to introduce grit and crud into the pumps or the chromatography column.’
    • ‘Get thee to the beach between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m. when rush hour is reduced and onshore breezes are blowing away airborne crud.’
    • ‘He especially objects when anyone looks in his ears which tend to be caked with horrible, stinky, masses of crud.’
    • ‘They are visually poisonous, depressing, environmentally undermining, life-shortening, spiritually deadening, brain-dulling piles of crud.’
    • ‘The drysuit zip is covered by a second zip to keep all the muck and crud out of the main zip's teeth.’
    • ‘This was followed by having the area around the ‘owie’ shaved, his toe nails clipped, blood and urine samples collected, the administration of the annual shots, and a scooping out of ear crud.’
    • ‘Nothing turns from effervescent nectar to curdled crud as fast and as completely as comedy.’
    • ‘But in the absence of any evidence that your engine is full of crud, I'm not sure it's really necessary.’
    • ‘It comes as a very nasty surprise to many of us to find that so much crud could have accumulated where we put our nice clean bodies to rest.’
    • ‘There was no move to set up a camp, no mention of what we were doing just sitting there and watching the sun dip like broken yolk against the pan edge of a jaggedy ridged horizon, mountainous outcrops looking like deposits of burnt on crud.’
    mud, muck, mire, ooze, silt, alluvium, dirt, slime, slush, slurry
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    1. 1.1 Snow that is not packed down or groomed, on which it is difficult to ski.
      • ‘It also helps to know how to keep your body weight centered, how to take turns on slippery surfaces, how to ride through powder and crud, when to let the pressure out of your tires, and to simply get off and walk or carry your bike.’
      • ‘I wasn't so elegant, but following Ken's lead I could feel my skis snapping me up out of the crud.’
      • ‘Even in a ski resort, it doesn't snow every day, and when it does, addicts like me will quickly turn the powder into lumpy, unrewarding crud.’
      • ‘If you're an intermediate skier uncomfortable in crud and crust, you'll flail no matter what gear you're on.’
      • ‘A stable core helps you ‘set your teeth and drag it out ‘when you are trying to arc turns through the cut up crud or your ski gets caught in a rut.’’
      • ‘Better to be early and wait for perfect velvet rather than make a sweaty climb just to turn around and ski crud.’
      • ‘You have to be in a balanced position prior to impact so you can ski through this crud with ease.’
      • ‘Do this at any kind of snow, deep, crud, ice, piste, anything, and always have a incredible quick response and a perfect edge holding.’
      • ‘Cutting precision turns with a fixed heel, blasting through crud and powder, handling a steep couloir with skill and verve - fun is a word that doesn't even come close to this wonderful experience.’
    2. 1.2 Nonsense.
      ‘they just want the simple truth without any religious crud’
      • ‘‘So let's talk about what the real issues are and stop masking them with ‘our interest is only the good of mankind’ bull crud,’ he adds.’
      • ‘I would much rather go to the cinema and see something with a script which is half literate with a good 10-15 belly laughs and god forbid actually makes me thing than the usual crud which passes itself off as a smart twenty-something comedy.’
      • ‘Right now, all that crud about me being smart seems to have blossomed: I can speak three languages fluently, I can understand a few more, I can play several instruments, and I'm an ace at historical knowledge.’
      • ‘I really don't like big family gatherings like this because the old ones always fuss over you and tell you how much you've grown or how much older you look and crud like that.’
      • ‘In this article, they discuss the issues with people posting crud on public forums, and mention this: He added Canadian Internet forums are being shut down across the country.’
      • ‘Then again, if I end up taking it too seriously then it could just be too depressing when it ends up complete crud at the end!’
      • ‘Get a load of this bucket of crud, from the same article.’
      • ‘But going through the rest of his crud would be a waste of time, given that the only people who could possibly be convinced by what he says are those who are impervious to reason and evidence.’
      • ‘He went to quite a few search engines, only getting crud.’
      • ‘That was what was getting to me, that this new age crud was being taught alongside genuine academic and technical subjects as if it had equal validity.’
    3. 1.3 A contemptible person.
      despicable people, despicable person, rabble, riff-raff, refuse, garbage, trash, vermin, good-for-nothing, good-for-nothings, undesirable, undesirables, the lowest of the low, the dregs of society
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Late Middle English: variant of curd (the original sense). The earliest modern senses, ‘filth’ and ‘nonsense’ (originally US), date from the 1940s.