intransitive verbscud′ded, scud′ding
- to run or move swiftly; glide or skim along easily
- to be driven or run before the wind
Origin of scudprobably from Old Norse form akin to Old English scudan, to hurry: see shudder
- the act of scudding
- spray, rain, or snow driven by the wind
- a sudden gust of wind
- Meteorol. very low, dark, patchy clouds moving swiftly, generally characteristic of bad weather
intransitive verbscud·ded, scud·ding, scuds
- To run or skim along swiftly and easily: dark clouds scudding by.
- Nautical To run before a gale with little or no sail set.
- The act of scudding.
- a. Wind-driven clouds, mist, or rain.b. A gust of wind.c. Ragged low clouds, moving rapidly beneath another cloud layer.
Origin of scudPossibly from Middle English scut rabbit, rabbit's tail ; see scut 1.
(comparative more scud, superlative most scud)
- (slang, Scotland) Naked.
(third-person singular simple present scuds, present participle scudding, simple past and past participle scudded)
Perhaps from Old Norse skjÃ³ta (“to throw, to shoot").
- A Soviet-developed ballistic missile.
The term comes from the NATO reporting name SS-1 Scud which was attached to the missile by Western intelligence agencies.