To scud is to quickly dart or dash, the way clouds scud across the sky on a windy day or a sailboat scuds along the surface of a lake when it finally catches a breeze.

When something scuds, it's often because the wind seems to be blowing it along — so you might watch kites scud over the beach or birds scud from tree to tree. Experts aren't positive about the origins of this word, but one guess connects it to scut, "rabbit" or "rabbit's tail." The speed of something scudding influenced NATO's code name for the Soviet Union's Cold War-era missiles, Scuds.

Definitions of scud

v run or move very quickly or hastily

dart, dash, flash, scoot, shoot
buck, charge, shoot, shoot down, tear
move quickly and violently
dash violently or with great speed or impetuosity
Type of:
belt along, bucket along, cannonball along, hasten, hie, hotfoot, pelt along, race, rush, rush along, speed, step on it
move fast

v run before a gale

Type of:
travel on water propelled by wind

n the act of moving along swiftly (as before a gale)

Type of:
hurrying, speed, speeding
changing location rapidly

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