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dud

noun \ ˈdəd \
Updated on: 9 Dec 2017

Definition of dud

1 duds plural
a : clothing
b : personal belongings
2 a : one that is ineffectual; also : failure
  • a box-office dud
b : misfit
3 : a bomb or missile that fails to explode

Examples of dud in a Sentence

  1. The seeds must have been duds because the plants never grew.

  2. She put on her new duds for the party.

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Origin and Etymology of dud

Middle English dudde


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dud

adjective

Definition of dud

: of little or no worth : valueless
  • dud checks

First Known Use of dud

1899


DUD Defined for English Language Learners

dud

noun

Definition of dud for English Language Learners

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

  • duds : clothes


dud

adjective

Definition of dud for English Language Learners

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


DUD Defined for Kids

dud

noun \ ˈdəd \

Definition of dud for Students

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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