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spud

[spuhd] /spʌd/
noun
1.
Informal. a potato.
2.
a spadelike instrument, especially one with a narrow blade, as for digging up or cutting the roots of weeds.
3.
a chisellike tool for removing bark.
4.
a pointed leg or stake for staying or supporting dredging or earth-boring machinery.
5.
a short pipe, as for connecting a water pipe with a meter.
6.
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.
7.
to remove with a spud.
Verb phrases
8.
spud in, to set up earth-boring equipment, especially for drilling an oil well.
Origin
late Middle English
1400-1450
1400-50; late Middle English spudde short knife < ?
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British Dictionary definitions for spudded

spud

/spʌd/
noun
1.
an informal word for potato (sense 1)
2.
a narrow-bladed spade for cutting roots, digging up weeds, etc
3.
Also called spudder. a tool, resembling a chisel, for removing bark from trees
verb spuds, spudding, spudded
4.
(transitive) to remove (bark) or eradicate (weeds) with a spud
5.
(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 spudded

spud

n.

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.

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spudded in Medicine

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

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Slang definitions & phrases for spudded

spud

noun

A potato

[1845+; origin unknown; perhaps related to the fact that in British dialect use spud means ''a weeding instrument'' and in US dialect it means ''a spade,'' hence potatoes would be something spudded or dug; a relation has been seen between the fact that potatoes are also the nickname of men named Murphy, or indeed of any Irishman]


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