verb (scuds, scudding, scudded)
- 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 breezeMore example sentences
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, rushNorth American • vulgar slang drag/tear/haul ass• informal , • dated cut along
- Her opponent would send the ball scudding across the net.
- Sunlight broke through the clouds, islands of light scudding across the countryside.
- She looked upward, and witnessed several small clouds scudding across the sky, as if bent on a happy errand as she was herself.
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- 1.1A driving shower of rain or snow; a gust: scuds of rain gave way to sunMore example sentences
- 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 (Scud or Scud missile) A type of long-range surface-to-surface guided missile able to be fired from a mobile launcher.[a code name assigned by NATO to a series of such missiles developed by the former Soviet Union]More example sentences
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
mid 16th century (as a verb): perhaps an alteration of the noun scut1, thus reflecting the sense 'race like a hare'.
noun(in phrase in the scud or scuddy) Scottish
- (Of a person) naked.More example sentences
- 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.
early 19th century: of uncertain origin.