spud

Definitions

Construction

Medical

  • noun a needle used to get a piece of dust or other foreign body out of the eye

Slang

  • noun a potato. This universal slang term has been recorded since the 1840s. A ‘spud’ was a small narrow spade (from the Middle English spudde, meaning a dagger, itself from the Italian spada, meaning a sword) of the sort used to dig up potatoes.
  • noun a stupid person. This use of the word, recorded among schoolchildren, may be an alteration of spod rather than a reference to the potato.
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