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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

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 If the tau Herculid shower turns out to be a dud, fear not, there are several other opportunities to witness meteor showers this year. Katie Hunt, CNN, 30 May 2022 Disney is paying the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences a reported $1 billion for the rights from a deal that was signed in 2010 and by 2015 was already looking like a dud. Lisette Voytko, Forbes, 26 Mar. 2022 Fourth-round draw is a dud Because the U.S. Open Cup uses four-team pods for its draws, Phoenix’s three potential opponents were Seattle Sounders, San Jose Earthquakes, and the Sacramento Republic. Theo Mackie, The Arizona Republic, 21 Apr. 2022 Auburn’s coach hated how this historic season of basketball ended not with a championship or a Final Four run, but with a dud. Tom Green | Tgreen@al.com, al, 23 Mar. 2022 There were some boos, but fans appeared to have mostly come to terms with the dud. Adam Himmelsbach, BostonGlobe.com, 24 Nov. 2021 Labor Market Friday's dud of a jobs report carried an unsettling warning: don't pay any heed to the headline number of 3.9% unemployment. Bernhard Warner, Fortune, 10 Jan. 2022 Limitless possibility can result in a very confusing design and production process and potentially a dud of a final timepiece. Mark Cho, Robb Report, 16 Oct. 2021 The dud of a game didn’t change Orlovsky’s opinion that Mayfield will have a monster season. cleveland, 6 Oct. 2021 See More

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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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“Dud.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dud. Accessed 2 Jul. 2022.

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More Definitions for dud


\ 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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