There are 2 definitions of scud in English:

scud1

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Pronunciation: /skʌd
 
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verb (scuds, scudding, scudded)

  • 2 [with object] chiefly Scottish Slap, beat, or spank: she scudded me across the head

noun

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  • 1chiefly • literary A mass of vapoury clouds or spray driven fast by the wind: the water is glassy under a scud of mist [mass noun]: the picturesque shoreline disappeared into low-cloud scud and rain
  • 1.1A driving shower of rain or snow; a gust: scuds of rain gave way to sun
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    • 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.
  • 1.2 [mass noun] The action of moving fast in a straight line when driven by the wind: the scud of the clouds before the wind
  • 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]
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    • 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.

Origin

mid 16th century (as a verb): perhaps an alteration of the noun scut1, thus reflecting the sense 'race like a hare'.

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There are 2 definitions of scud in English:

scud2

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Pronunciation: /skʌd
 
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noun

(in phrase in the scud or scuddy) Scottish
  • (Of a person) naked.
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    • 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.

Derivatives

scuddy

adjective
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  • What he doesn't know is that Marsh is putting in the hours in the darkroom, producing loads of extra prints, cropping in on the scuddy bits and hawking them as high-class porn.

Origin

early 19th century: of uncertain origin.

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