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Definition of dud 

(Entry 1 of 2)

1 duds plural

a : clothing

b : personal belongings

2a : one that is ineffectual also : failure a box-office dud

b : misfit

3 : a bomb or missile that fails to explode



Definition of dud (Entry 2 of 2)

: of little or no worth : valueless dud checks

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Examples of dud in a Sentence


The seeds must have been duds because the plants never grew. She put on her new duds for the party.

Recent Examples on the Web: Noun

Soak what's left, including fireworks that turn out to be duds, to prevent a fire. Christina Hall, Detroit Free Press, "Fireworks tips for 4th of July festivities," 3 July 2018 Those in the industry point out that not all leveraged products are duds. Spencer Jakab, WSJ, "Investors Can’t Get Enough of Wall Street’s Sucker’s Bets," 29 June 2018 But, just like other championships, some series are duds. Nihal Kolur, SI.com, "When was the Last NBA Finals sweep?," 29 May 2018 For every inspired Battlestar Galactica, there are a dozen duds. Bill Keveney, USA TODAY, "Why familiar friends make TV's remake obsession less annoying," 24 Apr. 2018 Anthony and Porzingis were not a natural pairing, and Jackson’s biggest moves — signing Joakim Noah and trading for Derrick Rose — were duds. Malika Andrews, New York Times, "Knicks Fire Coach Jeff Hornacek," 12 Apr. 2018 Disturbed by growing anti-Semitism, the woman who would later gain fame for her designer duds and heavenly hats became a Marine in 1943. Matthew J. Palm, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Outspoken and stylish, Harriett Lake was devoted to the arts," 10 July 2018 Sandwiched between his two duds were two strong starts where Pivetta combined for 20 strikeouts in 121/3 innings. Matt Breen, Philly.com, "Phillies get blown out by Nationals as Nick Pivetta gets chased," 29 June 2018 No worries, though, your party duds will be just the ticket once the World Cup gets underway June 14. Washington Post, "Nigeria’s bright, trippy uniforms a hit among World Cup unis," 12 June 2018

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First Known Use of dud


1567, in the meaning defined at sense 1a


1899, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for dud


Middle English dudde

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English Language Learners Definition of dud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

: something that does not do what it is supposed to do : something that is a complete failure

duds : clothes



English Language Learners Definition of dud (Entry 2 of 2)

—used to describe something that fails completely or does not work properly


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Kids Definition of dud

1 : a complete failure The party was a dud.

2 : a bomb or missile that fails to explode

3 duds plural : clothing

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