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[spuhd] /spʌd/
Informal. a potato.
a spadelike instrument, especially one with a narrow blade, as for digging up or cutting the roots of weeds.
a chisellike tool for removing bark.
a pointed leg or stake for staying or supporting dredging or earth-boring machinery.
a short pipe, as for connecting a water pipe with a meter.
Surgery. an instrument having a dull flattened blade for removing substances or foreign bodies from certain parts of the body, as wax from the ear.
verb (used with object), spudded, spudding.
to remove with a spud.
Verb phrases
spud in, to set up earth-boring equipment, especially for drilling an oil well.
Origin of spud
late Middle English
1400-50; late Middle English spudde short knife < ? Unabridged
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  • spud brackets are similar to pile hoops, allowing the bridge to move up and down on the spud.
  • Third, the bacteria release natural antibiotics that stop the fungus from infecting the spud and rotting it.
  • Underwater pillars called spud piles were installed on the barge.
  • Check ice depth with your ice spud on every step for thin spots.
  • The effective date of the change will be the date the new well is spud.
  • Carry a spud bar to check the ice while walking to new areas during daylight only.
  • It is spud who must learn to be patient, not to eat all of the food, etc.
British Dictionary definitions for spud


an informal word for potato (sense 1)
a narrow-bladed spade for cutting roots, digging up weeds, etc
Also called spudder. a tool, resembling a chisel, for removing bark from trees
verb spuds, spudding, spudded
(transitive) to remove (bark) or eradicate (weeds) with a spud
(intransitive) to drill the first foot of an oil-well
Word Origin
C15 spudde short knife, of unknown origin; applied later to a digging tool, and hence to a potato
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Word Origin and History for spud

mid-15c., "small or poor knife," of uncertain origin probably related to Danish spyd, Old Norse spjot "spear," German Spiess "spear, lance"). Meaning "spade" is from 1660s; sense of "short or stumpy person or thing" is from 1680s; that of "potato" is first recorded 1845 in New Zealand English.

Online Etymology Dictionary, © 2010 Douglas Harper
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spud in Medicine

spud (spŭd)
A blunt triangular knife used for removing foreign bodies from the cornea.

The American Heritage® Stedman's Medical Dictionary
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Slang definitions & phrases for spud

sprout wings

verb phrase

To become angelic, before or after death

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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