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[kruhd] /krʌd/
  1. a deposit or coating of refuse or of an impure or alien substance; muck.
  2. a filthy, repulsive, or contemptible person.
  3. something that is worthless, objectionable, or contemptible.
  4. prevarication, exaggeration, or flattery.
  5. a nonspecific, imaginary, or vaguely defined disease or disorder of the body:
    jungle crud.
  6. any unpleasant external ailment, disorder, or the like, as a skin rash.
  7. venereal disease, especially syphilis.
  8. Vulgar. dried semen.
Dialect, curd.
Dialect, clabber.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), crudded, crudding.
Dialect. to curd.
Origin of crud
1325-75; Middle English; earlier form of curd
Regional variation note
3. See clabber. Unabridged
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Examples from the web for crud
  • They also contain a lot of cosmic crud, mostly in the form of dust-sized grains.
  • Dink and crud are syllables that can mar a name and invite derision.
  • Wind can also clear away pollen, and a good rain after a dry spell can wash away pollen and other crud in the air.
  • But sea air is packed full of crud, from dense water particles to salt molecules and regular pollution.
  • My third priority would be to eviscerate the ratings agencies that kept slapping happy-face stickers on financial crud.
  • The appearance of impropriety is rampant in how cops conduct their daily business, and they don't appear to give a crud.
  • The tube ends are designed to be flush with the tube sheet in the steam generator channel head to eliminate a potential crud trap.
  • The part or region to be examined needs to be cleaned of all dirt and crud while not leaving the remnants of the cleaning process.
  • Intergranular cracks and attacks were observed at the secondary side, at the roll transition zone underneath crud deposits.
  • Welds will be made smooth to prevent crud traps from forming.
British Dictionary definitions for crud


a sticky substance, esp when dirty and encrusted
an undesirable residue from a process, esp one inside a nuclear reactor
something or someone that is worthless, disgusting, or contemptible
the crud, a disease; rot
an expression of disgust, disappointment, etc
Word Origin
C14: earlier form of curd
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Word Origin and History for crud

"nonsense, rubbish," 1940, U.S. slang; originally 1920s army and college student slang for "venereal disease." Said to be a metathesis variant of curd, which actually makes it an unconscious return to the original Middle English form of that word (see curd). As G.I. name for "disease of any and every sort" it is attested from 1945.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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Slang definitions & phrases for crud



: It's in your ballpark, since you love the crud detail

  1. Any venereal disease (1920s+ Army)
  2. also the crud) Any disease, esp one featuring a rash or obvious skin eruption; any unnamed disease: I probably picked up the crud that's going around (1930s+ College students)
  3. A dirty and slovenly person; dirtball: I used to be a smelly crud (1930s+)
  4. Anything loathsome or markedly inferior: His new show's a piece of crud (1930s+)
Related Terms

creeping crud

[fr Middle English, ''coagulated milk or other substance, curd,'' of unknown origin]

The Dictionary of American Slang, Fourth Edition by Barbara Ann Kipfer, PhD. and Robert L. Chapman, Ph.D.
Copyright (C) 2007 by HarperCollins Publishers.
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