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Definition of dud

 (Entry 1 of 2)

1 duds plural
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

Noun 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 Yet there’s also a fair chance that this year could be a dud. Tom Stienstra, SFChronicle.com, "Hoping to see Yosemite Valley ‘firefall’? Parking restrictions abound," 9 Feb. 2020 One of the great benefits is if there's a dud, the system can disengage that individual cell. Courtney Linder, Popular Mechanics, "Old Electric Car Batteries Are Now Powering the Grid," 27 Jan. 2020 But Tuesday was a dud for the 31 other NFL teams, too. BostonGlobe.com, "sent defensive lineman Michael Bennett," 30 Oct. 2019 Bosch took a stab a creating a rolling robot named Kuri in 2018 and months later the product was a dud. Dalvin Brown, USA TODAY, "Gita is a new cargo robot that can follow you, carry your stuff for about 2 hours," 18 Oct. 2019 Yearly Sale is one, with up to 50% off designer duds for men, women, kids and home. Chelsea Stone, CNN Underscored, "All the best after-Christmas sales to shop before the new year starts," 27 Dec. 2019 About a dozen new series and documentaries were available at launch and if nothing’s entirely unmissable yet, there are no duds, either. Christopher Borrelli, chicagotribune.com, "Four reasons Disney Plus is the future by embracing its past," 12 Nov. 2019 The great catastrophic threat of our time turned out to be a colossal dud. Eric Spitznagel, Popular Mechanics, "‘Here We Go. The Chaos Is Starting’: An Oral History of Y2K," 27 Dec. 2019 But a dud, low-turnout election won’t deliver the protest movement much on its own. Ishaan Tharoor, Washington Post, "Algeria’s election is a vote few actually want," 11 Dec. 2019

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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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21 Feb 2020

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“Dud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dud. Accessed 22 Feb. 2020.

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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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