from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 5th Edition.

  • noun A small cod or similar fish, such as haddock or hake, especially one split and boned for cooking.

from The Century Dictionary.

  • To shred; prepare for cooking by tearing in small pieces: as, scrodded fish.
  • noun Scrodded fish, or a dish prepared by scrodding fish.
  • noun A young codfish, especially one that is split and fried or boiled.

from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English.

  • noun Local, U.S. A young codfish, especially when cut open on the back and dressed.

from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License.

  • noun New England A generic term for cod, pollock, haddock, or other whitefish.
  • verb nonstandard, New England, humorous Simple past tense and past participle of screw.

from WordNet 3.0 Copyright 2006 by Princeton University. All rights reserved.

  • noun flesh of young Atlantic cod weighing up to 2 pounds; also young haddock and pollock; often broiled
  • noun young Atlantic cod or haddock especially one split and boned for cooking


from The American Heritage® Dictionary of the English Language, 4th Edition

[Possibly back-formation (influenced by cod and codfish) from English dialectal (Cornwall) scrawed fish, from scraw, scroal, to prepare (young fish) by splitting, salting, partial drying, and broiling.]


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