Origin of spudMiddle English spudde, probably from Scand, as in Old Norse spj?t, a spear: for Indo-European base see spike any of various sharp, spadelike or chisel-like tools used for rooting out weeds, stripping off bark, etc.
Origin of spudfrom the use of this tool to dig potatoesInformal a potato
intransitive verbspud′ded, spud′ding
- Informal A potato.
- A sharp spadelike tool used for rooting or digging out weeds.
- A short section of pipe or a threaded fitting that completes a connection, as between a longer pipe and a nozzle, valve, or meter.
transitive verbspud·ded, spud·ding, spuds
- To remove with a sharp spadelike tool.
- To begin drilling operations on: spud an oil well.
Origin of spudMiddle English spudde short knife
- A tool, similar to a spade, used for digging out weeds etc. [From 1660s.]
- (informal) A potato. [From 1845.]
- A hole in a sock.
Part or all of this entry has been imported from the 1913 edition of Webster's Dictionary, which is now free of copyright and hence in the public domain. The imported definitions may be significantly out of date, and any more recent senses may be completely missing.
(third-person singular simple present spuds, present participle spudding, simple past and past participle spudded)
Origin unknown; probably related to Danish spyd, Old Norse spjÃ³t (“spear").