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Mude, n.2 Also: mud, mwde; mode; muid, muyd, mwide; moid, moyd; mood; and Meid. [ME. mod, mood, north. mude, moyde (15th c.), OE. mód.]Only in verse (and in a seamen's chant).

1. Spirit, temper, disposition, frame of mind. ?1438 Alex. i. 2401.
Our succodrous in mode
c1420 Wynt. iv. 1956.
Wertuws, and myld off mwde
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 120.
I rede ye mak furth ane man, mekar of mude
1513 Doug. i. v. 130.
The folkis of Cartage Thar fers mudis and hartis gan asswage
Ib. xii. ix. 87; Ib. xi. viii. 1.
Full fers of muyd and austern of curage
a1570-86 Maitl. F. clxx. 90.
Magnanimie manfull and of mirie muid
1584-9 Maxwall Commonpl. Bk. 27 b.
Gif thow be ignorant in mwide [: gwide]
c1590 Fowler I. 59/26.
I Virgill saw and … Brawe poettis of ane high ingyne and of a mirrie mwide

b. One's cast of mind or feelings on a particular occasion.Also to change one's mude (= attitude or intention). Common in alliterative collocations with certain verbs, also to mar (a person) in his mude (see Mer v.), to ming (a person's) mude (see Ming v. 3).(1) 1375 Barb. xx. 203.
Than went thai furth with drery mwde
a1400 Leg. S. xxi. 840.
Thane delfyt thai one with blyth mud
Ib. xviii. 1119. c1500 Makc. MS. xv. 3.
With lufly spech and mylde mud
a1500 Henr. Fab. 195 (H).
Thus thay fure, quhill soberit wes thair mude
c1475 Wall. xi. 661. a1570-86 Maitl. F. lvi. 71. 1513 Doug. ix. xi. 55.
Tho brymmar grew thar fers mudis within
Ib. vii. xii. 45, xii. i. 17. Ib. xii. ix. 87.
Full fers of muyd [v.rr. mynd]
Ib. v. iv. 184. 1535 Stewart 2485.
The murning mude of euerie wyfe and man
1562-92 Wode's Psalter xiiii.
There is no God, as fulishe men affirme in their mad mud
1603 Philotus cxxv.
Quha hes ȝow put in sik ane mude?
(2) a1400 Leg. S. l. 485.
The emprioure than changit his mud
?1438 Alex. i. 568.
For fare hecht wald ȝe change my mude And shame me for hope of geuing
(3) ?1438 Alex. ii. 5691.
Thare was nane in that semble That na was moued in his mude And changed hewis quhare he stude
c1475 Wall. vii. 1099.
Als Inglismen sair murnyt in thar mude
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 300. 1535 Stewart 40315. Ib. 52638. 1560 Rolland Seven S. 2955.
Thay grat and cryit, and murnit in thair mude

2. Courage, valour, stoutness of heart.Also coupled with main, see Main n.1 1 (2).With (all one's) main and mude, mude and main, with all one's might, with all one's heart: see also Main n.1 2 c (1). With all one's mood, id.(1) 1375 Barb. xix. 622.
The erll, that wes of mekill mude, Said [etc.]
a1400 Leg. S. xvi. 855.
Hyme falȝet mud & mayne
c1420 Wynt. viii. 3989.
He ekyd thare manhad and thare mwde, Tharefor thai drede na multytude
a1500 Gol. & Gaw. 720.
Wes nane … Wnmanglit and marrit, myghtles in mude
Ib. 1012.
Thai mellit on with malice, thay myghtyis in mude
1549 Compl. 41/8.
The marynalis began to heis up the sail, cryand, … mair mude, mair mude [: blude]
(2) ?1438 Alex. ii. 10076.
[Thay] that faucht with moid and mane
a1500 Sir Eger 2198.
Hy thee home with all thy mood [: stood]

3. Rage, fury, wrath, anger. a1500 Sir Eger 1600.
Grieved he was, and full of mood
1513 Doug. i. ii. 13.
Kyng Eolus … With ceptour in hand thar muyd to meys and still, Temperis thar ire
Ib. v. xiii. 118.
Eftir that with sik wordis Neptunus Had mesit the mude of the goddes Venus
Ib. viii. 82.

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