1. a potato.
|Adventure in N.Z. I 319: Pigs and potatoes were respectively represented by ‘grunters’ and ‘spuds’.|
|Bell’s Life in Sydney 12 Feb. 2/7: He used to vend ‘spuds’ and he had got into such a habit of selling the taters with his shirt-sleeves rucked up.|
|Before the Mast (1989) 44: Galley Talk. Cook give us that ‘’orse’ & the ‘spuds’.diary 2 June in Gosnell|
|‘A Political Litany’ in Curiosities of Street Lit. (1871) 76: There arose in the land of Spuds tribes of men who call themselves Feenanites.|
|Knocking About in N.Z. 68: We determined to get some dried apples, make a good duff, and put on a pot of spuds.|
|Living London (1883) May 186: I find ‘Spuddy’ given as a seller of bad potatoes, while ‘spuds’ are defined as a low-life term for raw potatoes.in|
|Recoll. Sea-Wanderer 289: There are other terms in common use in the cabin and cook's galley [...] Potatoes are spuds, rice is swampseed, beans are tornadoes, snappers or band of music, and bean soup is snapper soup.|
|‘Board and Residence’ in Roderick (1972) 174: Dinner [...] three new spuds, of which the largest is about the size of an ordinary hen’s egg.|
|Blackburn Wkly Standard 3 Dec. 10/2: He says, ‘You can’t go now. You must clear th’ spuds orf ther front board’.|
|Marvel 21 Dec. 15: Dont be stingi wid the spuds!|
|Maison De Shine 162: Gimme a few o’ them spuds.|
|in Yank Talk 10: The boys line up for chow, And soon the slum and spuds will say, ‘We’re in the army now!’.|
|‘Bob the Baker and British Breeding’ in Roderick (1972) 924: I [...] was promoted to spud-peeling when the spud-peeler-in-chief got drunk at Melbourne.|
|Milk and Honey Route 126: They were cooking in the jungle / Where the lonely chickens stray, / And I frisked some spuds and onions / Just to pass the time away.‘Chicken Soup’ in|
|An Indiscreet Guide to Soho 44: Great potato-eaters, they were! Why, we thought nothing of selling 25 tons of spuds a week!|
|From Here to Eternity (1998) 40: Before the kitchen screen-door, sitting in the sun, was a KP peeling spuds.|
|Long and the Short and the Tall Act II: They were giving us fruit salad twice a day and dehydrated spuds.|
|Cop This Lot 44: Only thing I can’t take is spuds fer breakfast.|
|Enderby Outside in Complete Enderby (2002) 367: A grumbling huddle of boiled spuds.|
|All Bull 34: The food in the cookhouse [...] had become becalmed on a diet of spuds, canned meat and cabbage.|
|Down and Out 36: I peeled a ton of spuds in that fucking kitchen.|
|Lockie Leonard: Scumbuster (1995) 141: A mouthful of mashed spud.|
|A Few Kind Words and a Loaded Gun 279: It was a lovely punch and he went down like a sack of spuds.|
|Life 525: Before you spread the spuds on top, you chop up some more onions.|
|Tales of the Honey Badger [ebook] I went down like a sack of spuds.|
2. (W.I.) a ripe banana.
|cited in Dict. Jam. Eng. (1980).|
3. a nickname for an Irishman [note 19C US little potato skin, an Irish child].
|(con. WWI) Soldier and Sailor Words 267: Spud: An Irishman.|
|A Steady Rain I i: You might think it, but that seminar ain’t gonna make one fly shit fleck of difference [...] ’cause you’re the wrong fuckin’ color, spud.|
4. any person.
|Sun (NY) 9 Sept. 1/3: The warm spud looked at me out of a pair of big, round, blue lamps.|
|Travels of Tramp-Royal 93: Though the auld missus may have been overfond of a mouthful [...] she was a real good spud otherwise.|
|I, Fatty 182: He was asking if you’re the spud who made her a mother.|
5. (US Und.) a revolver; a pistol.
|DAUL 205/1: Spud. (Obs.) A pistol or revolver.et al.|
6. (N.Z. teen/US) a general term of abuse.
|Paco’s Story (1987) 154: Hey, spud, next time y’all come to the field, bring something with you.|
|‘Mash It Up Harry’ [lyrics] Don’t call Harry a human potato, don’t call Harry a spud.|
|Crime Factory: Hard Labour [ebook] It’s a fucken collectible, you spud.‘No Through Road’ in|
7. (US) a child, a young person.
|Rivethead (1992) 118: We weren’t carefree spuds any more. We were thirtyfuckin’something.|
8. see potato n. (2)
one who peels potatoes, thus spud-barbering, potato peeling.
|Dly Examiner (Grafton, NSW) 18 Feb. 4/4: [T]heir training of six to twelve months [...] in the Coastal Battalion, compared with the ‘Diggers,’ six to eight weeks or less, mostly ‘Spud Barbering’ at Liverpool.|
|Australiasian (Melbourne) 22 Oct. 49/3: ‘Mv first collar was off-side cook and spud barber at a tank-sinking ‘caper’.|
|Leader-Post (Regina, Saskatchewan) 8 Aug. 29/3: A cooky gets abused by all, fro the captain down to the lowest spud barber.|
|Und. Speaks n.p.: Spud barber, a potato peeler (prison).|
|Behind Bamboo 399/1: Spud barber, a potato peeler.|
|(con. 1936–46) Winged Seeds (1984) 351: Oh, well, afterwards I was a good spud-barber.|
|Wausau Dly Herald (WI) 16 Apr. 4/6: In the New Zealand army a ‘spud barber’ is a soldier asigned to KP, peeling potatoes.|
|Reed Dict. of N.Z. Sl. 198: spud-barber The potato peeler, originally in the army, WWI.|
the activity of peeling potatoes.
|Memoirs of the Forties (1984) 258: I got out quick before he gave me scrubbing or spud-bashing.‘I Had to Go Sick’ in|
|Derby Dly Teleg. 7 Sept. 6/3: A British Company [i.e. of soldiers] has adopted two Korean youths and put them to work in the cookhouse [...] They were soon hard at it ‘spud-bashing’.|
|Picture Post 13 Nov. 60: But fatigues of the old-fashioned, spud-bashing type, are becoming rarer.|
|Chips with Everything II iv: Anything from dishwashing to salvage, from spud-bashing to coal-heaving.|
|Observer (London) 22 Oct. 39/2: A chance to get [...] the chaps to learn something [...] more skilled than spud-bashng.|
|Palm Beach Post (FL) 27 May F6/5: Potato-peeling was cited in 1940 as spud-bashing.|
|Guardian 29 Mar. 88/4: You’re not a spud-bashing squaddie.|
see potato-eater under potato n.
see potato-face under potato n.
a native or inhabitant of Prince Edward Island, Canada.
|‘A Taste of Canada’ on Rockies.net [Internet] The most famous ‘Spud Islander’ (PEI’s nickname comes from its potato farming) has to be Lucy Maud Montgomery, the author of Anne of Green Gables.|
1. any form of illegally distilled alcohol, based on potatoes, e.g. poteen [juice n.1 (3a)] .
|Pittsburgh Dly Post (PA) 6 Mar. 13/6: It is not spuds but spud juice that makes the Irish seek glory in the trenches [...] The juice of the potatoes is poteen.|
|Lansing State Jrnl (MI) 5 Feb. 9/2: A quarrel developed after the group had engaged in a ‘spud juice’ drinking spree.|
|World’s News (Sydney) 12 Mar. 31/1: Seen a bloke once pretty crook on drinkin’ home-brewed spud juice and metho.|
|Lansing State Jrnl (MI) 5 May 8/4: Outsiders probably haven’t heart of ‘spud juice’ — a potent concoction of potatoes, yeast, sugar and water.|
|(con. 1960s) Black Gangster (1991) 13: I got some good spud-juice lined up.|
|Battle Creek Enquirer (MI) 9 June 13/1: Inamtes high on ‘spud juice’ [...] involved in an outbreak iof violence.|
2. semen [juice n.1 (2)].
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: tatty water (ta-tee-wa-ta) n. Spud juice; semen. Literally – potato water.|
|Get Your Cock Out 60: Battering all mighty hell out of their monkey spanners in appreciation of a lady’s charms and squirting their watery spud juice all down their crusty pants.|
(Aus.) a peasant.
|Bulletin (Sydney) 15 Oct. 13/1: The doctor mounted his chariot, and followed in the wake of the spud-miner’s go car.|
fish and chips.
|Marvel 21 Dec. 15: I mooched in 2 Missis Murfy’s an ad sum moar spuds and swimmers.|
thin, watery semen.
|Urban Dict. [Internet] gods salad dressing spunk, spaff, jism, baby gravy, mucky spud water, gentlemans relish. need i say more.|
|There Ain’t No Justice 245: You mean she’s in the spud line?|
|Roger’s Profanisaurus in Viz 87 Dec. n.p.: love spuds euph. A root vegetable found in the shreddies (qv); knackers.|