What does SCUDS mean?


Parts of Speech: noun, verb


  1. noun: a missile with a range of up to 300 miles, used by Iraq in the Gulf War.
  2. verb: move fast in a straight line because or as if driven by the wind.


  • US: /skʌdz/
  • UK: /skʌdz/

Origin and Usage:

The noun "scuds" originated from the name of a Soviet Union missile, the Scud. During the Gulf War, Iraq used Scud missiles to attack Israel and Saudi Arabia, leading to the popularization of the term "scuds" to refer to these missiles. The verb "scuds" comes from the Middle English word "scudden" which means "to move quickly." The word is commonly used in meteorology to describe the movement of clouds or rain driven by the wind.


  • noun: missile, rocket, projectile
  • verb: race, speed, rush

Related Words:

  • cloud
  • storm
  • drift
  • blaze
  • flash

Example Sentences:

  1. The Scud missile was a significant threat during the Gulf War.
  2. The clouds scudded across the sky.

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