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crud

[kruhd] /krʌd/
noun
1.
Slang.
  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.
2.
Dialect, curd.
3.
Dialect, clabber.
verb (used with object), verb (used without object), crudded, crudding.
4.
Dialect. to curd.
Origin
1325-1375
1325-75; Middle English; earlier form of curd
Regional variation note
3. See clabber.
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British Dictionary definitions for cruds

crud

/krʌd/
noun
1.
a sticky substance, esp when dirty and encrusted
2.
an undesirable residue from a process, esp one inside a nuclear reactor
3.
something or someone that is worthless, disgusting, or contemptible
4.
the crud, a disease; rot
interjection
5.
an expression of disgust, disappointment, etc
Word Origin
C14: earlier form of curd
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Word Origin and History for cruds

crud

n.

"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.

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Slang definitions & phrases for cruds

crud

modifier

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

noun
  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.
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