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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

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 By any objective standard, this lease sale was a dud. Timothy Fitzgerald, National Review, "Alaska Auction Shows Oil and Gas Are in Trouble," 11 Jan. 2021 But if a loan looked to be a dud, the bank was reluctant to hold any of it. Nick Timiraos, WSJ, "Fed Had a Loan Plan for Midsize Firms Hurt by Covid. It Found Few Takers.," 4 Jan. 2021 The Irish faced Clemson twice this year with a 47-40 overtime win at home followed by a 34-10 dud of a loss in the ACC title game. Michael Casagrande | Mcasagrande@al.com, al, "Notre Dame players discuss Alabama defense, how it compares to Georgia and Clemson," 28 Dec. 2020 The Jaguars’ running game, led by rookie running back James Robinson, wasn’t supposed to be a dud Sunday. Jonas Shaffer, baltimoresun.com, "Ravens film study: Why a dominant first half vs. Jacksonville could be a postseason blueprint," 23 Dec. 2020 After starting the preseason with promise and enthusiasm, the Cavs capped their four-game tune-up with a dud on Friday night, getting crushed by the New York Knicks 119-83. Chris Fedor, cleveland, "Cleveland Cavaliers end preseason with dud, crushed by New York Knicks 119-83," 19 Dec. 2020 The slate of games nationally this weekend is a dud. John Canzano, oregonlive, "Canzano: Washington canceling on Oregon? Nothing to see here... except maybe Ohio State," 9 Dec. 2020 Roethlisberger put up a dud against the Browns — a season-low 11 fantasy points — in what should have been a cake matchup. Phil Thompson, chicagotribune.com, "Fantasy football lineups for Week 7: Avoid the ‘Q Continuum’ and ride with a healthy Chris Godwin and Phillip Lindsay," 23 Oct. 2020 If there is an elite prospect or prospects at the top or even if the draft class is a dud. Eddie Brown, San Diego Union-Tribune, "2021 NFL Mock Draft: First-round projections," 3 Dec. 2020

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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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24 Jan 2021

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“Dud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dud. Accessed 8 Mar. 2021.

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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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