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First published 1971 (SND Vol. VIII).
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SCUDDER, n., v. [′skʌdər]

I. n. A driving shower of rain or snow, a cold rainy blast (Bnff., Abd. 1969). Adj. scuddrie, marked by cold driving showers (Id.).Bnff. 1852 A. Harper Solitary Hours 47:
Sae, as auld Boreas 'gan to blow, Spitting out scuddrie sleet an' snow.
Abd. 1931 D. Campbell Uncle Andie 19:
Ayont the scuddrie cloods there's a wee lichtie glintin'.
Abd. 1949 Huntly Express (22 July):
During the past week we have experienced some gey caul' scudders.

II. v. 1. Of wind, etc.: to sweep along in rainy gusts (Bnff., Abd. 1969). Ppl.adj. scudderin.Edb. 1897 Scots Mag. (July) 111:
A scudderin'-dudderin' wund blawin' doon the street.
Lnk. 1923 G. Rae Lowland Hills 45:
On Coulter Fell there's a scudderin' blast o' snaw.
Abd. 1925 R. L. Cassie Gangrel Muse 39:
The cloods are tearin' owre the lift, An' scudder on wi' scarce a rift.

2. To gush, or run pell mell.Rxb. 1966 Scots Mag. (Nov.) 174:
The shuds o' white that scudder owre my lap!

[Freq. or intensive form of Eng. scud, id.]

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