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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

In six games after that dud, Newman put up an average of 21.2 points, 2.5 assists and 4.8 rebounds while shooting 59% on 6.5 three-point attempts per game. Chris Johnson, SI.com, "Malik Newman's Surprising Star Turn Comes at the Perfect Time for Final Four-Bound Kansas," 26 Mar. 2018 Put dirty duds into the hamper, lug hamper to the laundry room, wash, dry, repeat, repeat... repeat. Brigitt Earley, Good Housekeeping, "A Laundry Expert's 8 Biggest Dos and Don'ts," 8 Feb. 2019 Her pricey duds included a $40,000 Randi Rahm gown and $1,045 Christian Louboutin heels. Hannah Orenstein, Seventeen, "13 Things You Never Knew About Getting Dressed on "The Bachelor"," 16 Jan. 2019 Dress up in a costume or wear your regular running duds and get ready for a great kickoff to Halloween weekend. Alison Stanton, azcentral, "47 Halloween events around Phoenix scare up fun for all ages," 31 Oct. 2017 The new mosquitoes carry bacteria that make them produce dud eggs. Maggie Fox /, NBC News, "Miami's new mosquitoes carry sterility bug," 31 Jan. 2018 The dud of a storm that dribbled through Boston on Thursday had been dubbed by the Storm Hype Industrial Complex as the Four’easter, a catchy, marketable name for the fourth nor’easter of the month. Mark Arsenault, BostonGlobe.com, "Four’easter turns into fake storm," 22 Mar. 2018 Rent the Runway, Tulerie, and similar platforms let people rent designer duds for a day or two. Gaby Del Valle, Vox, "Airbnb will start designing — and selling — homes," 30 Nov. 2018 Shares in Tencent, the Chinese giant which has delivered years of explosive returns, have been a dud this year due to concerns about a slowdown in the mobile-gaming market. Jacky Wong, WSJ, "Another Tech Sector Optical Illusion Is Shattered," 14 Aug. 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
informal : clothes



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

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


\ ˈdəd How to pronounce dud (audio) \

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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to move with exaggerated bouncy motions

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