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First published 1956 (SND Vol. IV). Includes material from the 1976 and 2005 supplements.
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FUD, n.1, v. Also †fudd, †fude. [fʌd]

I. n. 1. The human posteriors, the buttocks (n.Sc. 1808 Jam.; Cai. 1900 E.D.D.; Lnk. 1943; Dmf., Rxb. 1953). Dim. fuddy. Comb.: †the Fud Court, the Kirk Session, as the court for dealing with cases of fornication. Cf. the usage in buttock-hire, -mail, s.v. Buttock.Sc. c.1715 Jacobite Minstr. (1829) 56:
We'll wauk their hydes and fyle their fuds, And bring the Stuarts back again.
Abd. 1748 R. Forbes Ajax 8:
An' frae the weir he did back hape, An' turn'd to us his fud.
Ayr. 1786 Burns Jolly Beggars Recit. 8:
They toom'd their pocks, an' pawn'd their duds, They scarcely left to coor their fuds.
Lnk. 1816 G. Muir Cld. Minstrelsy 44:
Ance ilka month I do resort To hear what's done in the Fud Court.
m.Lth. 1822 A. Rodger Poems & Songs (1897) 151:
To your hunkers — lick his fud — Sawney, now the King's come.

Phrs.: †to fright, put a fear into, one's fud, to frighten thoroughly, to terrify.Sc. 1722 W. Hamilton Wallace 266:
News of Wallace came with such a Thud As quickly put a Fear unto their Fud.
Sc. 1827 Scott Journal (1890) II. 86:
We talked about the upset price of the copyrights of Waverley, etc. . . . It is to be hoped that this high upset price [£5500] will “Fright the fuds Of the pock-puds.” [A quotation from The Chevalier's Muster-Roll, 1715.]

2. The tail of an animal, esp. of a hare or rabbit, the scut (Sc. 1710 T. Ruddiman Gl. to Douglas Aeneis; Gall. 1824 MacTaggart Gallov. Encycl. 214, fudd; Uls. 1880 Patterson Gl.; ne.Sc., Ags., Fif., Peb., Ayr., Dmf., Rxb. 1953). Dim. fuddie. Phr. to cock one's fud, lit., also fig. = to perk up, to give oneself airs. Also, in fisherman's taboo usage, the rabbit (‡Fif. 1975, fuddie).Ayr. 1787 Burns T. Samson's Elegy vii.:
Ye maukins, cock your fud fu' braw Withouten dread.
Sc. 1815 G. W. T. Omond Arniston Memoirs (1887) 306:
The hare went away with her fud cocked.
Sc. 1833 M. Scott Tom Cringle's Log xvii.:
Do you [a duck] cock your fud at me, you tiny thief, you?
Hdg. 1892 J. Lumsden Sheep-Head 149:
Alang the plantin' sides they bicker, An' funk up their white fuddies quicker.
Kcb. 1897 T. Murray Frae the Heather 110:
Tho' noo fu' crouse ye cock yer fud, And frae me ower the craigs ye scud.
ne.Sc. 1929 Scots Mag. (Dec.) 196:
The hail thing vanish't like a puff o' smoke Or a rabbit's fud on the run.
Fif. 1946 J. C. Forgan Maistly 'Muchty 26:
Ye rabbits cock your furry fuds, And stamp the grund wi' soondin' thuds.
Sc. 1949 Scottish Field (Jan.) 18:
A hare crossing a hummock [of snow] usually makes a scliff with its fud.
m.Sc. 1990 Douglas Lipton in Hamish Whyte and Janice Galloway New Writing Scotland 8: The Day I Met the Queen Mother 59:
Whit's the yin maist important
legacy o' the Norman Conquest
north o' the Border?
- Rabbit the Bruce. ... Buzzard
- Shut yir geggie.
An' here's yin fur yir fud.
Edb. 1997:
Pollinate yer courgettes by ticklin them wi a rabbit's fud.

Hence ‡fuddie, -y, adj., short-tailed; short, thick, stumpy, of persons or things (Ork. 1929 Marw.); also used subst. for a hare (Bnff., Abd. 1825 Jam.) or as a nickname. In combs. fuddie-hen, a hen without a tail (Ags. 1825 Jam.), fudie-skirt, a short coat or vest (Sh. 1866 Edm. Gl., foodie-, 1900 E.D.D.).Abd. 1824 G. Smith Douglas 128:
Flocks o' fairies, blue and green, As light as fuddies.
Lnk. 1893 J. Crawford Sc. Verses 36:
Nae wild deer thro' forest glade bounded mair free, Nor short fuddy maukin' alang the green lea.
Edb. 1910 Scotsman (3 Sept.):
The butler, a very important official, had the curious name of “Cude,” and his more humble colleague the porter [of George Heriot's Hospital] was known as “Fuddy.”
Ork. 1929 Marw.:
It was just a peerie fuddy bit o' banno.

3. The female pubes or pudendum (Sc. 1808 Jam.). Gen.Sc.Rnf. 1835 D. Webster Rhymes 24:
Ye could hae seen in curious cases, Their bits o' fuds.

4. A queue, the hair tied behind in a bun (Lth. 1825 Jam.).

5. The bottom or butt-end of anything; in dim. fuddy and comb. kill-fuddie, specif. of a corn-kiln (Abd. 1825 Jam.). See Kill, n.1

6. From the v.: the act of walking briskly or nimbly; a person of small stature and nimble step (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 54). Dim. fuddick (Ib.; ‡Sh.11 1953).

II. v., tr. To whisk or jerk the tail; intr. to frisk, to scud, to walk briskly or with a short quick step; “spoken of persons of small stature, and often with the notion of pride, or bad temper” (Bnff. 1866 Gregor D. Bnff. 54; Abd.27 1930). Hence †fuding, frisky, sportive (s.Sc. 1825 Jam.).Ayr. 1790 A. Tait Poems 99:
Owre Skeoch-hill the twa did fud And made na stop.
Lnk. 1808 J. Black Falls of Clyde 116:
Now down yon glen I think I see some sheep, Fuddin' their tails, and running up the steep.
Abd. 1825 Jam.:
“He fuds very fast.” “Saw ye the bawd, man, fuddin throwe the funs?”
Bch. 1832 W. Scott Poems 121:
She'll fudd about as dainty like As ony futtret in a dyke.
Peb. 1832 R. D. C. Brown Carlop Green 28:
For, as he moved, his coat-tails jerked Light ever and anon, Like fudding sheep's, dog's, or red-start's.
Lnk. 1893 J. Crawford Sc. Verses 78:
Puir maukie! noo ye'll fear nae mair . . . Nor fudd like stoor amang the stibble.

[Cf. Icel. fuð, the genitals of a female animal, Norw. fud, id., the posteriors, Ger. -fut, id. In the vbl. usage, the word may be partly imit. with some influence, esp. in ne.Sc. forms, from Whid, n.1, v.1 Cf. Fid, Fidder.]

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