Spud Spud (sp[u^]d), n. [Cf. Dan. spyd a spear.] 1. A sharp, narrow spade, usually with a long handle, used by farmers for digging up large-rooted weeds; a similarly shaped implement used for various purposes. [1913 Webster]

My spud these nettles from the stone can part. --Swift. [1913 Webster]

2. A dagger. [Obs.] --Holland. [1913 Webster]

3. Anything short and thick; specifically, a piece of dough boiled in fat. [Local, U.S.] [1913 Webster]

4. A potato. [Colloq.] [Webster 1913 Suppl.]

The Collaborative International Dictionary of English. 2000.

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