verb (used without object), scud·ded, scud·ding.
- to run or move quickly or hurriedly.
- Nautical. to run before a gale with little or no sail set.
- Archery. (of an arrow) to fly too high and wide of the mark.
- the act of scudding.
- clouds, spray, or mist driven by the wind; a driving shower or gust of wind.
- low-drifting clouds appearing beneath a cloud from which precipitation is falling.
verb (used with object), scud·ded, scud·ding.
- to cleanse (a trimmed and roughly depilated skin or hide) of remaining hairs or dirt.
- the hairs or dirt removed by scudding.
- a surface-to-surface missile, especially one deployed on a mobile launcher.
verb scuds, scudding or scudded
- (intr) (esp of clouds) to move along swiftly and smoothly
- (intr) nautical to run before a gale
- (tr) Scot to hit; slap
- the act of scudding
- a formation of low fractostratus clouds driven by a strong wind beneath rain-bearing clouds
- a sudden shower or gust of wind
- Scot a slap
- informal a Soviet-made surface-to-surface missile, originally designed to carry nuclear warheads and with a range of 300 km; later modified to achieve greater range: used by Iraq in the Iran-Iraq War and in the Gulf Wars
v.“to move quickly,” 1530s, of uncertain origin, perhaps a variant of Middle English scut “rabbit, rabbit’s tail,” in reference to its movements (see scut (n.1)), but there are phonetic difficulties. Perhaps rather from a North Sea Germanic source akin to Middle Low German, Middle Dutch schudden “to shake” (see quash). Related: Scudded; scudding. As a noun from c.1600, from the verb. It also was the NATO reporting name for a type of Soviet missile introduced in the 1960s.